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Public Document No. 48 



REPORT 

OF THE 

BOARD OF METROPOLITAN PARK 
COMMISSIONERS. 



December, 1917. 




BOSTON: 

WRIGHT & POTTER PRINTING CO., STATE PRINTERS, 
32 DERNE STREET. 
1918. 



ST»Tf 



Publication of this Document 

approved by the 
Supervisor of Administration. 



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CONTENTS. 

PAGE 

List of Officers, 5 

Report of the Commissioners, 7 

Report of the Secretary, 19 

Report of the Engineer, ...... 34 

Financial Statement, 58 



OFFICERS. 



COMMISSIONERS. 
WILLmi B. DE L-\s CASAS, Chairman. 
EDWIX U. CURTIS. OTRETT C. BEXTOX. 

ELLERTOX P. WHITXEY. CH.\RIJ:.S J. BARTOX. 

SECRETABY. 

GEORGE L\:NUX ROGERS. 

ASSISTANT SECRETARY. 

WTLLIAM H. GOWELL. 

ENGINEER. 

JOHX R. R.IBLIX. 



Offices, IS Tremont Street, Boston, Mass. 



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REPORT. 



The Metropolitan Park Commission presents herewith its 
twenty-fifth annual report. 

The year 1916-17 covered by this report has been one of 
unusual quiet if measured by new acquirements of land and 
new construction, but a very busy one in other ways, and 
marked by events which make it a notable one in the history 
of the Board. 

After a busy life of accomplishment for eighteen years in 
offices in the Congregational Building, 14 Beacon Street, the 
Board found itself obliged to seek new offices because its former 
quarters were required for their own use by those having 
charge of the many activities of the American Congregational 
Association. No offices were available in the State House, but 
after a thorough canvass of available locations, a suite of offices 
reasonably adapted to its work was secured in the Kimball 
Building, at 18 Tremont Street, and the Board removed to 
them just before the 1st of January. The change was accom- 
plished with practically no interruption of business. 

Very few acquirements of land have been made. Slight 
changes have been made by exchange and acquirement in the 
southwesterly boundary of Middlesex Fells Division, which 
makes it possible to connect the South Border Road with the 
West Border Road by a new piece of road 1,400 feet in length, 
and so have a continuous border driveway connecting the 
westerly branch of Middlesex Fells Parkway with Mystic Valley 
Parkway. Land has also been acquired in Arlington at the 
point w^here the highway between Medford and Arlington 
crosses Mystic Valley Parkway. This acquirement, though 
small, is very important, as it makes it possible to preserve an 



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openness at this point necessary for public safety and the 
attractiveness of the surroundings of the Parkway. It will also 
make possible a needed widening of the highway, and leave 
room enough for the location of a small service building to 
replace the one which it has been necessary to tear down on the 
opposite side of the highway to make way for connection with 
the new driveway along the southerly border of Mystic Lake 
to Mystic Street, where connection is made with Summer Street 
and the State highway beyond to Lexington and Concord. 
These improvements will make a continuous parkway and State 
highway connection by way of Wayland and Sudbury to the 
State highway to Worcester and New York, and by Concord 
with the State highway to Groton and Ayer. The section of the 
highway along Mystic Lake was partly completed, and it is 
hoped that it may be fully completed to a sufficient width dur- 
ing the coming year. The bridge across Charles River known 
as Weston Bridge, from Commonwealth Avenue in Newton to 
South Street in Weston, was completed under authority of 
chapter 368 of the Special Acts of 1915, and turned over to the 
city of Newton and town of Weston to maintain. It is a hand- 
some, reinforced concrete structure, replacing the narrow, stone- 
filled bridge, and forms part of the main State highway to 
Worcester and New York. It is of unique design in that it pro- 
vides an ample width of roadway by overhanging sidewalks and 
short, supporting arches, which make the river passage for 
canoes and boats safer than if the arches were as long as the 
width of the top structure. This bridge greatly facilitates the 
convenience of those on the river, and reduces danger of acci- 
dent on the highway at a point where large automobile travel 
came at times into conflict with many people who were crowded 
upon the bridge to look at the canoeing or listen to band con- 
certs being given in the neighboring grove. 

North Beacon Street Bridge, between Boston and Water- 
towU; and its approaches, opposite the entrance to the United 
States Arsenal Grounds, has been completed and turned over to 
the city of Boston and town of Watertown to care for. A pub- 
lic boat landing has been built on the Boston side of the river 
close by the bridge. North Beacon Street, from the bridge to 
School Street in Watertown, is being rebuilt by the town with 



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improved alignment and increased width, which will make it a 
much improved connection between the new driveway passing 
the Arsenal Grounds and the driveway from School Street to 
the center of Watertown, as well as a greatly improved highway 
between Boston and Watertown and beyond. The driveway 
along the Arsenal Grounds has been closed, and will probably 
remain closed during the period of the war by requirement of 
the War Department, such right having been reserved by the 
government when it transferred the land on which the driveway 
is built to the care of this Board. 

It is with regret that the Board is obliged to report further 
delays and complications in regard to the rebuilding of Xepon- 
set Bridge. This bridge was first required to be built by this 
Board under chapter 300 of the General Acts of 1915. While 
no time limit was placed in the act, yet the work of construc- 
tion would have naturally gone forward immediately except for 
the fact that it was discovered that there were encroachments 
on the highway approaches. It required some time to secure 
the removal of these encroaching buildings, and when this was 
accomplished, the increased cost of construction proved to be in 
excess of the appropriation available. This fact being reported 
to the Legislature, the appropriation was increased by a further 
appropriation of 8450,000, under chapter 220 of the General 
Acts of 1917. New bids were at once asked for, but owing to 
still rapidly rising prices caused by entering into the war, the 
bids when received were again in excess of the two appropria- 
tions. As the old bridge was in need of excessive repairs, which 
this Board had no authority to make, and which it seemed un- 
necessary to leave for the cities of Boston and Quincy to make 
as a matter of necessity, the Board decided to proceed at once 
to build the temporary bridge which would have to be built in 
any event for use during construction of the new bridge. Bids 
were asked for this work, but they seemed to be unnecessarily 
high and to be influenced no doubt by fear of still further 
changes in the cost of labor and materials. The Board there- 
fore decided to build the temporary bridge by direct purchases 
and emplo\Tnent of labor and machinery under supervision of 
its Engineer. Contracts for liunber, however, have been slow 
in delivery, and the contract for piles wholly failed after a part 



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of the bridge was built because the United States government 
had begun construction of a bridge a little farther downstream 
to connect with the destroyer plant at Squantum, under rush 
orders and consequently at prices which made it impossible for 
this Board, working under a limited appropriation, to obtain 
labor and piles at normal prices, and to a certain extent at any 
price. The building of the temporary bridge has, therefore, 
been prolonged, and it has even been necessary, in order to 
have construction go forward at all, to cut the longer piles in 
the Blue Hills Division. This construction will now go on more 
rapidly it is hoped and be completed in the spring. It will 
answer for the present, and the time of building the permanent 
bridge may wait upon the outcome of present uncertainties as 
to prices and other war conditions. In the meantime the whole 
matter will be restudied and re-estimated, so that if it is im- 
possible to go on with the construction or completion of the 
permanent bridge under present appropriations, the matter may 
be brought before the Legislature for further action. 

It is interesting to note that in spite of the general unrest 
occasioned by war conditions and a fear early in the season 
which made people turn away from renting houses and planning 
for vacations at the seashore, there was an unprecedented rush 
during the summer to the beaches in the care of this Board. 
The bath-houses at Xahant, Revere and Xantasket were used 
more largely than ever before, and amusements and stores in 
the neighborhood of all the beaches appeared to do a larger 
business than ever before, and even where there were no such 
attractions, as at Quincy, Winthrop and Lynn Shore, there was 
a similar increase. At the band concerts and at the picnic 
grounds, and generally through the woods reservations, there 
were more seeking the rest and recreation of the reservations 
than in previous years. This was particularly true at the 
Sheepfold playground in Middlesex Fells, which is on the direct 
line of electric cars from Boston and many other cities and 
towns of the District. This indicates even more than usually a 
necessity for such enlargements and alterations for public con- 
venience as the Board has previously recommended, but in 
view of the high cost of construction, and the probability of 
greatly increased cost of more lands, the Board believes that it 



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will be better for the present that large expenditures be post- 
poned and an effort made to get along with present accommo- 
dations even though such postponement is an inconvenience to 
the public. Slight changes may be made, especially at the 
Revere bath-house, which will considerably increase and im- 
prove present accommodations, and these changes are now 
under way. 

The same reasons cause the Board to refrain from recom- 
mending acquirements or improvements or increased expendi- 
tures, in any direction, which require for their accomplishment 
increased or new appropriations. The Board asks only for such 
increases as the increased cost of labor and supplies make neces- 
sary to provide if the service and care of previous years are to be 
continued. It is hoped that no decrease in maintenance appro- 
priations will be made, as such a decrease would lessen the 
ability of the Board to continue the recreative usefulness of the 
reservations and parkways, and its protection of the public in 
such uses. The increased strain upon our people due to war 
conditions makes it imperative that there be the greatest pos- 
sible effort to maintain all present opportunities for rational 
outdoor rest and recreation. 

High prices and apprehension as to shortage of food and fod- 
der led the Board to make an effort to become a producer of 
such articles, especially of those consumed upon the reserva- 
tions, and by setting off small parcels of land for cultivation by 
those private citizens who desired to carry on such cultivation. 
Available lands were put under cultivation generally for grain 
and root crops, and to a limited extent for food crops. In spite 
of the adverse conditions of the land, it having been previously 
uncultivated for many years, and having to be prepared by 
spring ploughing, a very gratifying first year result was secured. 
At Middlesex Fells root crops for the animal collection and for 
the forces employed on the Reservation, and carrots sufficient 
not only for this Reservation but in large part for the other 
reservations, were produced. These crops were of better qual- 
ity than what have been otherwise obtained. A large quantity 
of corn was raised at Blue Hills, but here and at all the reserva- 
tions it suffered from an early frost. Other crops were raised in 
small quantities rather for experience and in case of a greater 



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need in coming years than for the crop expected in the present 
year. At Blue Hills potatoes, carrots, turnips and corn were 
raised. Of these, many bushels of potatoes were sold to the 
employees subject to equitable limitations as to the amount to 
be purchased. At Charles River Upper Division a considerable 
acreage was under cultivation for much the same crops. The 
hay crop was largest, and this was baled and so far as not 
needed at this Reservation was sent to other reservations. It 
seems quite probable that soon the hay and some of the root 
and grain crops for all the reservations may be raised, and that 
it will be advisable to raise them to the extent possible, so long 
as present uncertainties as to prices and supplies continue. 

In view of present conditions, the Board has presented no 
bills for appropriations for new work or recommending immedi- 
ate consideration of new acquirements or construction except as 
such recommendation seems of necessity incident to special 
work required to be done by the Board or by special reports 
required to be made to the Legislature of 1918. 

The Board has found itself greatly embarrassed in the matter 
of carrying out the requirements of the statutes relating to the 
care and maintenance of channels to and in Broad and Lech- 
mere canals, Charles River Basin. Section 7 of chapter 465 of 
the Acts of 1903, as amended by Acts of 1909, chapter 524, and 
Acts of 1910, chapter 582, section 2, requires the Board to 
maintain these channels and canals at a depth prescribed in the 
act and free from ice in winter. For this purpose the Board for 
several years estimated the probable cost of such work, and in- 
cluded the same in its estimates for the maintenance appropria- 
tions for the ensuing year; and, to carry out the purposes of 
this act, contracted for such machinery, tugboats and labor as 
the circumstances each year seemed to require; but owing to 
the increasing difficulty in obtaining tugboats, and particularly 
in the cost of the same, special legislation was asked of the 
Legislature of 1917 to enable the Board to buy and operate a 
tugboat to do this work required by the statute. Although the 
Board furnished estimates of cost of purchase and operation 
which seemed to it to indicate a financial as well as practical 
advantage, the legislation was refused. Prices hav^e since in- 
creased, and the difficulties of hiring a tugboat have multiplied, 



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owing to the taking over of many boats by the United States 
government. For the winter of 1917 and 1918 it seemed for a 
long time as if, in spite of advertising and soliciting, no tugboat 
suitable for ice-breaking could be obtained. Finally, however, 
a boat was secured at a price greatly in excess of the prices of 
X previous years and the estimated appropriation for the year. 
The Board asks that provision be made for the excess in cost of 
maintaining this tugboat over the estimate submitted in Octo- 
ber, and renews its request for authority to buy and operate a 
tugboat. 

The Board also asks for perfecting legislation to complete its 
authority to expend such money as may be necessary from time 
to time to maintain the channels and canals at all times at the 
depths required by law. The amount of money required for 
this purpose, as stated in the special report, is at the present 
time S15,000. 

Chapter 699 of 1912 provided an appropriation to become 
available at the rate of $200,000 in each of five years beginning 
with 1912 for acquirements and construction specified in the 
act. Report has been made from time to time as to the work 
done each year under this act, and now that the five j-ears have 
passed, a brief summary of what has been done seems appro- 
priate, especially as the act provided that after the expiration 
of the five years the unexpended balance should be expended 
under the general parkway acts. 

In a preliminary way it may be said that there were eleven 
projects mentioned in the act for which the money was to be 
used. In every case the amount thus stated was less than the 
estimates of its probable cost which had been previously made 
by this Board. As a result the accomplishment of the various 
projects has been a matter which has required careful study 
and some modification from original plans and estimates or only 
partial accomplishment. Land for Woburn Parkway was ac- 
quired and construction completed from Pond Street in Win- 
chester to Pleasant Street in Woburn, a main street near the 
center of Woburn. 

Land for a parkway along the northerly side of Lake Quanna- 
powitt in Wakefield has been acquired, with only one claim re- 
maining unsettled. Construction also was authorized by the 



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[Jan. 



act, but it has been impossible because the appropriation above 
the cost of the land is insufficient. It will probably be unwise 
to attempt construction in any form until a further appropria- 
tion of $25,000 is made. Unlike most appropriations the one for 
this project will remain untouched until the close of the year 
1920. The driveway along Mystic River has been extended t 
from Main Street, Medford, to Mystic Avenue, a main highway 
giving present connection with Middlesex Fells Parkway and by 
that parkway with Revere Beach Parkway. This connection 
will serve all present needs, although somewhat roundabout. In 
time it is hoped tha£ a more direct connection will be made as 
planned, crossing river and marshes to a direct connection with 
Revere Beach Parkway. Furnace Brook Parkway from Han- 
cock Street to Quincy Shore has been built to subgrade, with 
roadway, planting spaces and sidewalk. This construction gives 
a much more convenient approach from Quincy to the Reserva- 
tion than has heretofore existed. It is hoped that funds to pro- 
vide for hard surfacing of the roadway and loaming of grass 
spaces and tree pits and setting out of trees will be authorized 
as soon as present unfavorable conditions will permit. In this 
connection it seems advisable to call attention to the fact that 
the driveway along Quincy Shore was built for economy's sake 
for only a part of its ultimate width, but upon lines which will 
permit the fuller width of construction. At first this driveway 
was used almost exclusively by the people of Quincy, but it has 
gradually come into a much broader use, and is becoming so 
crowded at times as to be dangerous. As soon as possible it 
will be advisable to increase the width of both roadway and 
sidewalk by further construction. Hammond Pond woods, 
between Boylston Street and Chestnut Hill, and wooded lands 
south from Boylston Street to Hammond Street have been ac- 
quired on lines which provided for their use for roadways as 
part of the parkway proposed from West Roxbury Parkw^ay to 
Charles River. It is desirable that the land for the rest of this 
parkway be acquired as soon as conditions will permit, as some 
of it is already being cut up into house lots. The land for 
Dedham Parkway was acquired to the extent of the funds ap- 
propriated, leaving a small amount of parkway to be acquired 
at the Dedham end to complete holdings necessary for this 



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parkway. The subgrading necessary for the parkway roadway 
alone has been done, and the project awaits for its completion a 
further appropriation for the finished grading. Land has been 
acquired at Winthrop Shore for a driveway and protecting wall 
along the upland, and a driveway along Short Beach at prices 
but little above the assessed values. Approximately §30,000 
more will be needed to acquire the entire water front to the 
end of Short Beach. Extension of Fresh Pond Parkway into 
the Cambridge Water Reservation at Fresh Pond and a new 
bridge over the Watertown Branch have been impossible be- 
cause the appropriation made had contemplated the contribu- 
tion of the land by the city of Cambridge, and this has since 
been refused by the city authorities. If the project is revived 
it would be necessary to appropriate a larger sum of money 
even if the land should be given, as the cost of construction will 
exceed the amount of the appropriation as originally made. 
The Border Road to Fellsmere Park, forming the west branch 
of Middlesex Fells Parkway, has been completed. Land for 
Old Colony Parkway from Columbia Road to Neponset Bridge, 
for which almost half of the total appropriation of the act was 
made, has been acquired and a considerable part of the claims 
adjusted, and a part of the subgrading made at low cost from 
filling furnished by the Boston Development and Sanitary Com- 
pany. Improvements at Dorchester Lower Mills, authorized by 
the act, have been carried out so far as they proved to be 
feasible. 

It is not extravagant to say that so much has been accom- 
plished under the provisions of chapter 699 of 1912 that it sug- 
gests a continuation of this method of making appropriations 
for completion of the projects referred to in the act, and all 
other desired projects when conditions will permit. Wherever 
construction has been completed it has come into a considerable 
immediate use, and is already exerting a strong influence for 
improvement in the development of surrounding lands. Other 
projects which deserve early consideration are the extension of 
Lynn Fells Parkway towards Lynn Woods, the acquirement of 
lands at least for a parkway from INIiddlesex Fells to Lake 
Quannapowitt through Stoneham and Wakefield, the connec- 
tion between Mystic Valley Parkway and Woburn Parkway. 



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the driveways along Charles River, the connection of the 
already constructed portions of Furnace Brook Parkway, widen- 
ing Quincy Shore Driveway, and acquirement of land for ex- 
tension toward Fore River and the highways leading to the 
South Shore. All of these will be a great convenience and of 
importance in making the parkways and driveways already 
constructed of still greater benefit to the district and State at 
large. So much has already been done, and the Metropolitan 
District has gained such a reputation for intelligent and at- 
tractive development by means of these parkways and drive- 
ways, that however much present conditions may require a 
temporary postponement, they ought not to be marred by 
hesitation or limited by a failure to carry the Metropolitan 
Park System to a logical completion. 

In matters of maintenance and minor improvement, much 
has been accomplished during the past year. In the Blue Hills 
effective work against the gypsy moth has been done under the 
customary appropriation, added to by a special appropriation of 
S43,000 made in 1917. In Middlesex Fells and Blue Hills the 
highways and border roads and some of the woods roads have 
been improved and somewhat extended as an aid to all develop- 
ment. Intelligent forestry- work has been carried on, and the 
wood cut in the process has been eagerly sought for at good 
prices in this time of fuel shortage. 

Alewife Brook Parkway was left in an unsatisfactory stage of 
completion owing to an inadequate appropriation. Much has 
been done under the maintenance of the past year to lessen 
this incompleteness, and it is hoped that with the usual appro- 
priation it will be advanced each year to gradual completion. 
Connection has been made with Mystic Valley Driveway, imder 
the supervision of this Board, by a transfer to it of a portion of 
Powder House Boulevard in Somerville, and it is hoped that 
this will be put in improved condition during the coming year. 
A portion of the low lands which were formerly salt marsh 
along ]\Iystic River Driveway has been turned over and fresh- 
ened by cultivation to a point where it is well advanced toward 
becoming attractive grass land. The driveway being built upon 
the marsh had settled more or less, and has been to a consider- 
able extent resurfaced and will be gradually completed in com- 



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ing years. Slight improvements have been made at the River- 
side Recreation Grounds on Charles River, and a gratifying 
increase in use of buildings, ball fields and other recreation 
facilities has followed. In Middlesex Fells the use of the 
Sheepfold Recreation Grounds has so greatly increased as to 
cause some fear in the minds of those having the care of the 
near-by Winchester Water Reservoirs as to the effect on the 
water in these reservoirs. Effort is being made to direct 
the public away from the playgrounds on the reservoirs to the 
lands outside their watershed, and it is believed that with the 
work now being done and to be continued during the coming 
years all danger of pollution of the reservoirs will be removed. 
As this area is the only one in Middlesex Fells suited for a 
great playground, it would be a great misfortune if it should 
become necessary to give up or seriously curtail its use as a 
play field and picnic ground. The filled area between Nahant 
Bath-house and Lynn Harbor has been loamed and will soon be 
'available as a playground. A piece of sea wall along Lynn 
Shore, built before it came into the care of this Board, has been 
rebuilt. It has not been possible, however, to build the comfort 
station at Lynn Shore, for which $5,000 was made available 
under chapter 106 of the General Acts of 1916, and the appro- 
priation has now lapsed and is no longer available. The widen- 
ing of Otter Street as an improvement in approach to the 
Embankment has been completed. An enlargement of the lock 
building at Charles River Dam to provide for a mortuary has 
been built. The stable at the Cambridge side of the dam has 
been altered to provide better accommodations for the horses 
and supplies. A bad settlement had showed itself in the stable 
yard, and this has been repaved. Settlements in the walks have 
been repaired by rebuilding. A pleasure house for skaters has 
been provided, to be put up and taken away each winter. A 
new comfort station of attractive and permanent concrete con- 
struction has been built at Nantasket, and many minor im- 
provements have been made in the other buildings, all of which 
have been paid for out of the rentals received from the build- 
ings, and as part of a consistent improvement being carried on 
out of these rentals, without further tax upon the District, to 
adapt them for the greatly increased use of the Reservation. 
The buildings and beach and roadway have been maintained in 



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better condition during the past year than ever before. Band 
concerts have been given at more places than ever before, and 
everywhere the attendance has increased and great appreciation 
has beeji manifested. 

By chapter 235 of the General Acts of 1916 an appropriation 
of $10,000 was made to provide for the taking of West Street 
in Braintree, as an approach from Braintree and highways from 
the southern part of the District to the southeasterly side of 
Blue Hills Reservation. Careful surveys and studies for this 
improvement have been made, but it has not been found pos- 
sible thus far to do more. There is some reason to believe, 
however, that the land may be secured without cost, and if this 
is accomplished, it may be possible to make such improvement 
in West Street as to warrant its being taken over or improved 
and left temporarily in the care of the town until such time as 
the limited appropriations will permit its completion. 

During the past year necessary investigations have been 
made for special reports as follows: In conjunction w^ith the' 
Commissioner of Public Health as to the improvement of the 
condition of Aberjona River and Mystic Lake; as to the re- 
building of bridges over Charles River; as to the completion of 
Furnace Brook Parkway; and as to the dredging and rebuild- 
ing of the walls and wharves of Broad and Lechmere canals 
from Charles River Basin. 

It seems proper to note here with pride that forty-one in the 
office, police and laboring forces under this Board have gone 
into various branches of the army and navy for the present war. 
The death of a former member of this Board, Col. Thomas L. 
Livermore, has occurred. He served but a brief time with this 
Board, but during that time gave freely of his great ability and 
ripe experience. 

The usual accompanying reports of the Secretary and En- 
gineer, with financial statement, are transmitted herewith. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

WILLIAM B. DE LAS CASAS, 
EDWIN U. CURTIS, 
ELLERTON P. WHITNEY, 
EVERETT C. BENTON, 
CHARLES J. BARTON, 
December, 1917. Metropolitan Park Commission. 



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79.41 
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144.40 
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1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — Xo. 48. 



19 



EEPORT OF THE SECRETARY, 



Hon. William B. de las Casas, Chairman, Metropolitan Park Com- 
mission. 

Sir : — I submit herewith the annual report of the Secretary 
for the year ending Nov. 30, 1917. 

1. Acquirement of Laxds. 

Acquirements of new lands, either by takings or purchase, 
have been very small the past year. Exchanges of less than 
2,000 square feet in each case have been made with two owners 
of land abutting on South Border Road, Middlesex Fells, in 
order to make possible the extension of the road. 

There are 76 unsettled claims for lands taken, which it is 
estimated will require about $84,000 to settle. Of these claims, 
about 20 are in suit, consisting principally of suits for takings 
in Boston for Old Colony Parkway. 

2. General Administration and Superintendence. 
The more important features of work in the various divisions, 
taken from reports of the superintendents, are as follows : — 

Revere Beach Division. 
The Revere Beach Bath-house was opened on June 16 and 
was closed September 16, a period of 93 days. The total num- 
ber of bathers was 208,693, of whom 126,665 were male and 
82,028 female bathers. The gross receipts were $42,790.05. In 
point of patronage this was the most successful season the bath- 
house has had. The same is true of the Nahant and Nantasket 
Beach Bath-houses. The result is due largely, judging from ex- 
perience of past years, to the fact that the average of fair days 
was unusually favorable, and that the bathing was not con- 
gested in a comparatively few very warm days. 



20 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



The Xahant Beach Bath-house opened June 30 and closed 
September 9, a period of 72 days. The total number of bathers 
was 54,251, consisting of 29,706 male and 24,545 female bathers. 
The gross receipts were $10,494.80. 

Charles River Ditision, Lower Basin. 
The following sporting events took place on the Basin during 
the year: — 

April 4. Rowing races. 

April 21. Technology- rowing races. 

May .3. High school rowing races. 

May 11. Brown and Nichols and Boston College rowing races. 

^lay 17. Boston College class rowing races. 

May 17. Noble and Greenough class rowing races. 

^lay 23. Interscholastic Rowing Association regatta. 

May 23. Noble and Greenough class rowing races. 

May 25. Interscholastic Rowing Association regatta. 

July 4. New En^nd Amateur Rowing Association regatta. 

City of Boston swimming races. 
September 3. New England Amateiu: rowing regatta. 
September 8. New England Amateur Association swimming regatta. 
September 15. "Boston American" annual girls' swimming races. 
October 1. Harvard class races. 
October 2. Harv ard class races. 
October 3. Harvard class races. 
October 5. Harv ard class races. 
October 29. Harvard class races. 
November 3. Technologv' rowing races. 
November 13. Harvard class races. 

Charles River, Upper Division. 
Considerable repairs have been made in the buildings and 
property at Riverside Recreation Grounds, and much more 
needs to be done. During the year the Recreation Grounds 
have been let to 12 large parties, consisting of 250 or more 
persons, for outings, one day to each party, with a total attend- 
ance of 8,250 people. For this use a minimum charge of S50 
was made to each party, as has been customary at these 
grounds for some years past. On other days throughout the 
season the grounds were extensively used by the public for 
picnic parties and recreation purposes. Both Beaver Brook 



1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — Xo. 4^. 



21 



Reserv ation and the Charles River, particularly at Forest Grove 
and Hemlock Gorge, were resorted to for picnic parties ex- 
tensively during the year. As a part of the food production plan 
inaugurated by the Board last spring, a portion of Charles 
River Reservation, between Quinobequin Road and the river, 
was seeded with potatoes, beans, com, oats and r\ e. Owing to 
the early frost, however, the crops of beans and com were 
greatly damaged, as was the case with the same kind of crops 
in other divisions. 

Middlesex Fells Division, 
The public use of the Recreation Field, in the Sheepfold sec- 
tion, has greatly increased during the year. As much work as 
possible has been done to improve the grounds for public use. 
including a new parking space for automobiles, an additional 
ball field, a path to Dark Hollow Pond and another path 
leading toward Bear Hill Tower. In addition to raising all 
the hay, straw, cabbages and green vegetables required for feed 
in the stable and in the animal collection, beans, oats, feed 
com and a large crop of carrots were raised. The surplus car- 
rots have been distributed for use in the various di\-isions, and 
the surplus of other crops, which cannot be used in Middlesex 
Fells Di\'ision, sold to the best advantage of the Common- 
wealth. The crop of beans and com suffered as elsewhere from 
the early frost. A large amount of work has been done in 
repairing and relaying underdrains in Middlesex Fells Parkway 
near Second Street, and a large section of the drainage system 
in this parkway must be reconstmcted in the near future. 

Blue Hills Division. 
Considerable cutting has been done of chestnut trees affected 
by the chestnut tree blight, and in thinning out growth to 
facilitate moth work. Two hundred and fifty thousand white 
pine seedlings have been set out for the purpose of reforestation. 
About 278 bushels of marketable potatoes were raised on ground 
near Hoosicwhisick Pond. A larger part of these were sold in 
small quantities to laborers and employees. About 5 acres of 
ground was also planted with com, but this crop was likewise 
damaged by the early frost. Nine hundred and thirty bushels 
of turnips and 100 bushels of carrots were also harvested. 



22 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Xantaskei Beach Ditimon. 
The new sanitary and comfort station for women on the 
westerly side of Xantasket Avenue, a short distance south of 
Wharf Avenue, so called, has been completed and opened for 
use. 

The bath-house was opened June 30 and closed September 9. 
There were 48,196 male bathers and 44,901 female bathers, 
making a total of 93,097 bathers altogether. The gross receipts 
were SI 9,969.05. 

Band Concerts, 1917. 
Revere Beach (afternoons and evenings of ever>^ day except Mon- 



days, beginning July 1 to and including Labor Day), . .112 
Nahant Beach (Friday afternoons and evenings, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 1; Sunday afternoons, July 8, 

22, August 5, 19), 24 

Xantasket Beach (afternoons and evenings of ever>' day except 

Mondays, beginning July 1 to and including Labor Day), .112 

Foot of Great Blue Hill, 7 

Fellsmere Park, Maiden, 4 

Sheepfold, Middlesex Fells, ... 8 

Manchester Field, Winchester, 4 

Broadway Park, Somerville, 5 

West Somerville Playground, . . 2 

Speedway, Brighton, .... 5 

Charles River Road, Watertown, 3 

Fox Island, Waltham, 3 

Riverside Recreation Grounds, 7 

Weston Bridge, 4 

Boston Embankment, 10 

Chelsea Playground, 3 

Ell Pond Park, Melrose, 4 

Quincy Shore Reservation, 3 

Furnace Brook Parkway, 1 

Mystic Valley Parkway, 2 

Wakefield, ] 3 

Woburn Parkway, 3 

Stony Brook Reser\'ation, 1 

Winthrop Shore Reservation, 2 

Lowell Memorial Park, 3 

Beaver Brook Resers-ation, 2 

Total, 337 



1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 



23 



The Legislature of 1917 directed the following reports to be 
made: — 

Chapter 45 of the Resolves of 1917 requires the Metropolitan 
Park Commission and the Commissioner of Health to investi- 
gate the subject of protecting the banks of the Mystic Lakes in 
the city of Medford and the towns of Arlington and "Winchester, 
protecting and purifying the water supply of said lakes, facili- 
tating the public use of said lakes, and preventing the pollution 
thereof and of their sources and tributaries. Chapter 79 of the 
Resolves of 1917 requires the Metropolitan Park Commission to 
report as to the damage, if any, which resulted to the wharves 
or walls along Broad or Lechmere canals in the Charles River 
Basin by reason of the performance by the Charles River Basin 
Commission of the work required of said Commission by the 
Charles River Basin Act, and as to the best method and prob- 
able cost of repairing such damage if there be any, whether the 
Commonwealth is liable for the same, and the best and most 
economical plan for maintaining the water in said canals in 
channels to the depth prescribed by said act, and the probable 
annual cost of the same. Chapter 117 requires the Metropoli- 
tan Park Commission to investigate the advisability of extend- 
ing Furnace Brook Parkway from Hancock Street to the 
westerly side of Adams Street in the city of Quincy, and of 
resurfacing said Parkway from Hancock Street to the Quincy 
Shore Reservation. Chapter 119 requires the Metropolitan 
Park Commission to investigate the condition of the bridges 
over Charles River within the Metropolitan Parks District, and 
the necessity or desirability of reconstructing any of them, and 
to present a plan for the proper distribution and apportionment 
of the cost of reconstruction and maintenance of all bridges and 
approaches thereto hereafter to be constructed. 

By chapter 65 of the General Acts of 1917, the Commission 
was directed to compile and print for public distribution the 
acts and resolves relating to the Commission. This work is 
under way, and arrangements have already been made with the 
State printers for printing. 

3. Finances. 

Detailed statements of the receipts and expenditures the past 
year will be found in the "Financial Statement". 



24 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Loa n A ppropr ia Hons . 
The appropriations heretofore made in the form of loans, 
with accretions thereto, are as follows: — 

Metropolitan Parks Loan Fuxd. 

Original appropriation, chapter 407, Acts of 1893, . 81,000,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 483, Acts of 1894, 500,000 00 

Charles River Act, chapter 509, Acts of 1894, 300,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 305, Acts of 1895, 500,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 466, Acts of 1896, . 1,000,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 464, Acts of 1897, 500,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 530, Acts of 1898, . 1,000,000 00 

Revere Beach Bath-house Act, chapter 142, Acts of 1899, . 125,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 406, Acts of 1899, . 300.000 00 

Charles River Improvement Act, chapter 465, Acts of 1900, 50,000 00 

Fuller's WTiarf Act, chapter 467, Acts of 1900, . 30,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 445, Acts of 1901, 450,000 00 

Mystic River Bridge Act, chapter 492, Acts of 1901, . 200,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 290, Acts of 1903, 125,000 00 

Newton Upper Falls Bridge Act, chapter 391, Acts of 1903, 40.000 00 

Continuing appropriation, chapter 429, Acts of 1903, 1,500.000 00 

Nahant Beach Bath-house Act, chapter 326, Acts of 1904, 70,000 00 
Reimbursing loan for moth expense, chapter 486. Acts of 

1906, 50,000 00 

Purification of Mystic River, Alcwifo Brook and adjacent 

water-courses, jwnds and drainage areas, chapter 529, 

Acts of 1906, 100,000 00 

Additional appropriation for purification of Mystic River, 

etc., chapter 529, Acts of 1907, 25,000 00 

Mystic River and Winthrop Shore Act, chapter 652, Acts 

of 1908, 70,000 00 

Charles River Land Act, chapter 628, Acts of 1910, and 

chapter 439, Acts of 1911, 99,554 95 

Alewife Brook Purification Act, chapter 458, Acts of 1911, 15,000 00 

Work for unemployed, chapter 4, General Acts of 1915, 50.000 00 

Weston Bridge Act, chapter 368, Special Acts of 1915, . 50,000 00 



$8,149,554 95 

To provide for interest and sinking fund requirements to 

1900, chapter 311, Acts of 1897, 900,000 00 



Total amount of loans, $9,049,554 95 

Amounts received from sales of buildings, receipts from 

bath-houses, fines, etc., 198,942 81 



Total, 



89,248,497 76 



1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCOIEXT — Xo. 48. 



25 



Metropolitan P.\rks Lo.^- Fund, Series II. 



Original boulevard, chapter 288, Acts of 1894, . . SoOO.OOO 00 

General appropriation, chapter 472, Acts of 1896 . 500,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 521, Acts of 1897, 1,000,000 00 

Saugus Bridge Act, chapter 547, Acts of 1898, 100,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 428, Acts of 1899, . 500.000 00 

IMattapan Bridge Act, chapter 443, Acts of 1900, . . 75,000 00 

Wmchester Act, chapter 444, Acts of 1900, .... 50.000 00 

Revere Beach Parkway Act, chapter 445, Acts of 1900, . 200.000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 172, Acts of 1902, . 450,000 00 

General appropriation, chapter 359, Acts of 1903, 110.000 00 

Continuing appropriation, chapter 419, Acts of 1903, 1,500,000 00 
Alewife Brook and Fresh Pond Parkway Act, chapter 651, 

Acts of 1908, 50,000 00 

Continuing appropriation, chapter 699, Acts of 1912, . 1,000,000 00 

WeUington Bridge Act, chapter 794, Acts of 1914, . . 115,000 00 

Work for unemployed, chapter 5, Special Acts of 1915, . 50,000 00 
Alewdfe Brook Parkway construction, chapter 243, General 

Acts of 1915, 35,000 00 

Neponset Bridge Act, chapter 300, General Acts of 1915, . 350,000 00 

WelUngton Bridge Act, chapter 178, General Acts of 1916, 11,000 00 
Improvement of lands in Arlington, chapter 186, General 

Acts of 1916, 20.000 00 

Parkway connecting Blue Hills Reser\'ation and Granite 

Street, Braintree, chapter 235, General Acts of 1916, 10,000 00 
Construction of Dedham Parkway, chapter 237, General 

Acts of 1916, 10,000 00 

Additional appropriation for Neponset Bridge construction, 

chapter 220, General Acts of 1917, 100,000 00 

Settlement of claims for land, Furnace Brook Parkway, ^ 

chapter 316, General Acts of 1917, . . . . . 8,000 00 



S6,744,000 00 

To provide for interest and sinking fund requirements to 

1900, chapter 311, Acts of 1917, 100,000 00 



Total amount of loans, S6,S44,000 00 

Receipt from sales, etc., 29,914 16 



Total, 86,873,914 16 



26 :\IETROPOLITAX PARKS. [Jan. 

Nantasket Beach Loan. 

Appropriation, chapter 464, Acts of 1899, .... .S600,000 00 

Appropriation, chapter 456, Acts of 1901, .... 100,000 00 



Total amount of loans, s700,000 00 

Receipts from rents, etc., 5,881 50 



Total, S705,881 50 

Charles River Basin Loan. 

Bonds issued for 1904, ?2.50,000 00 

Bonds issued for 1905, 400,000 00 

Bonds issued for 1906, 600,000 00 

Bonds issued for 1907, 1,150.000 00 

Bonds issued for 1908, 400,000 00 

Bonds issued for 1909, 850.000 00 

Bonds issued for 1910, 475,000 00 

Bonds issued for 1911, 300,000 00 

Appropriation, chapter 539, Acts of 1913, .... 40,000 00 
Driveway, Brooks Street to Charlesbank Road, chapter 

188, General Acts of 1915, 35,000 00 



Total amount of bonds, S4,500,000 00 

Receipts added to loan, 9,368 91 



Total, $4,509,368 91 



Expenditures from Loam. 
The following tables show the total amount expended in each 
of the foregoing loans, the total cost of each reservation and 
parkway to Dec. 1, 1917, and the amount charged by the 
Auditor's department to meet the sinking fund and interest 
requirements previous to Jan. 1, 1900. The item of "Miscel- 
laneous" in these tables includes cost of construction of roads, 
buildings and of all other work of construction, and all other 
charges against these loans except those for land, general ex- 
penses, sinking fund and cost of maintenance required by law 
to be charged to loans up to 1897. The total charges for main- 
tenance to 1897, general expenses and sinking fund are given 
separately at the end of the tables. The total amounts charged 
to those loans are as follows: — 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 27 

Metropolitan Pabks Loan FrNo. 

Land, $5,392,798 66 

^Miscellaneous, including construction of roads, buildings, 

etc., 3,394,831 79 

General expense, 163,371 12 

Maintenance to Jan. 1, 1897, sinking fund assessments to 

Jan. 1, 1900, and interest, 290,326 56 

Transfer to Serial Bond Loan, 3.601 10 

S9,244,929 23 
^Ieteopolitan Parks Loan Funt), Series II. 

Land, $2,180,021 50 

Miscellaneous, including construction of roads, buildings, 

etc., 3,795,656 79 

General expense, 107,090 19 

Sinking fund assessments to Jan. 1, 1900, and one-half 
interest, 59,195 89 

$6,141,9&4 37 

X-^TASKET Beach Loan. 

Land, $603,329 57 

Miscellaneous, including construction of buildings, etc., 102,551 93 



$705,881 50 

The amounts expended from these loans for the fiscal year 
ending Xov. 30, 1917, are stated in tables in the financial 
statement. 

Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund. 
Blue Hills Reser^'ation : — 



Middlesex Fells Reservation : — 



Revere Beach Resers'ation : — 

Land, $1,162,947 67 

I^IisceUaneous, 800,999 04 

Stony Brook Reservation : — 



$670,415 95 
985,720 16 

1,963,946 71 
3o8,0M 54 



28 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Beaver Brook Reservation : — 

Land, $29,819 29 

Miscellaneous, 24,437 35 



Hemlock Gorge Reservation: — 

Land, $53,254 00 

Miscellaneous, 15,543 94 



$54,256 64 



68,797 94 



Charles River Reservation : — 

Land, $1,569,391 51 

Miscellaneous, 340,471 43 

1,909,862 94 

Neponset River Reservation : — 

Land, $233,473 04 

Miscellaneous, 46,418 97 



Mystic River Reservation: — 

Land, $242,883 21 

Miscellaneous, 380,815 51 

Lynn Shore Reservation : — 

Land, $361,199 29 

Miscellaneous, 243,580 01 

Quincy Shore Reservation : — 

Land, $73,726 26 

Miscellaneous, 198,160 63 

Winthrop Shore Reservation : — 

Land, $51,067 32 

Miscellaneous, 170,560 99 

Hart's Hill Reservation: — 

Land, $10,000 00 

Miscellaneous, 202 35 

King's Beach Reservation : — 

Land, . $24,297 21 

Miscellaneous, 1,551 63 

West Roxbury Parkway: — 

Land, ........ $244,976 01 

Miscellaneous, 8,313 67 



279,892 01 



623,698 72 



604,779 30 



271,886 89 



221,628 31 



10,202 35 



25,848 84 



253,289 68 



1918.1 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 



29 



Wellington Bridge : — 

Miscellaneous, $185,317 42 



Nahant Beach Bath-house : — 

Miscellaneous, $67,794 58 



Boylston Street Bridge : — 

Miscellaneous, $45,838 57 



Alewife Brook Purification : 
Miscellaneous, 

Weston Bridge: — 
Miscellaneous, 

General expense. 



$136,398 90 



$185,317 42 
67,794 58 
45,838 57 
136,398 90 



$50,000 00 



Sinking fund requirements to 1896, 

Care and maintenance to July 1, 1896, . 

Care and maintenance, July 1, 1896, to Jan 
1, 1897, 

Sinking fund assessment for 1897, 

Sinking fund assessment for 1898, 

Sinking fund assessment for 1899, 

Interest, 

Transfer to Serial Bond Loan (unexpended 
balance Alewife Brook purification appro- 
priation), . 

Total charged to Dec. 1, 1917, 
Balance Dec. 1, 1917, 



50,000 00 
163,371 12 

$8,951,001 57 




$18,980 18 
85,813 46 

19,604 06 
63,630 70 
9,755 55 
64,224 00 
28,318 61 



3.601 10 



- 293,927 66 

. $9,244,929 23 
3,568 53 



1,248,497 76 



Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II. 
Blue Hills Parkway : — 

Land, $133,505 02 

Miscellaneous, 269,513 47 



Middlesex Fells Parkway : — 

Land, $263,687 60 

Miscellaneous, 613,667 39 



Mystic Valley Parkway : — 

Land, $203,990 91 

Miscellaneous, 404,813 44 



$403,018 49 



877,354 99 



608,804 35 



30 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Revere Beach Parkway: — 

Land, $537,445 51 

Miscellaneous, 869,565 65 

$1,407,011 16 

Neponset River Parkway: — 

Land, $83,941 75 

Miscellaneous, 36,100 54 

120,042 29 

Fresh Pond Parkway: — 

Land, $44,086 25 

Miscellaneous, 31,635 58 

75,721 83 

Furnace Brook Parkway: — 

Land, $173,897 77 

Miscellaneous, . ... . . 239,884 59 

413,782 36 

Nahant Beach Parkway: — 

Land, $80,940 78 

Miscellaneous, 76,014 13 

156,954 91 

Lynn Fells Parkway: — 

Land, $40,468 46 

Miscellaneous, 126,373 84 

166,842 30 

Winthrop Parkway: — 

Land, $101,565 73 

Miscellaneous, 54,523 38 

156,089 11 

Alewife Brook Parkway: — 

Land, . . $144,497 74 

Miscellaneous, 45,705 13 

190,202 87 

Charles River Speedway: — 

Miscellaneous, $521,348 66 

521,348 66 

Blue Hills Roads : — 

MisceUaneous, $8,742 06 

8,742 06 

Middlesex Fells Roads : — 

Miscellaneous, $61,483 68 

61,483 68 

Stony Brook Roads : — 



Miscellaneous $37,183 45 



37,183 45 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 31 

Lynnway : — 

Land, $20,500 00 

Miscellaneous, 124,368 29 

S144,868 29 

iSpy Pond Parkway : — 

Miscellaneous, $89 04 

89 04 

Old Colony Parkway: — 

Land, $235,417 37 

Miscellaneous, 39,504 02 

274,921 39 

TVoburn Parkway : — 

Land, $3,958 75 

Miscellaneous, 52,038 32 

55,997 07 

Dedham Parkway: — 

Land, $10,527 01 

Miscellaneous, 22,552 42 

33,079 43 

Hammond Pond Parkway: — 

Land, $94,965 85 

Miscellaneous, 5,061 45 

100,027 30 

■Quannapowitt Parkway: — 

Land, $6,625 00 

Miscellaneous, 1,831 82 

8,456 82 

West Roxbury Parkway: — 

Miscellaneous, $199 42 

199 42 

Vose's Grove: — 

Miscellaneous, $980 08 

980 08 

Wellington Bridge : — 

Miscellaneous, $120,796 40 

120,796 40 

Neponset Bridge : — 

Miscellaneous, $26,354 96 

26,354 96 

Arlington Parkway: — 

Miscellaneous, $4,035 12 

4,035 12 



32 



:\IETROPOLITAX PARKS. 



West Street, Braintree: 
Miscellaneous, 



General expense, 



Sinking fund requirements for 1896, 
Sinking fund requirements for 1897, 
Sinking fund requirements for 1898, 
Sinking fund requirements for 1899, 
One-half interest, .... 



Total charged to Dec. 1, 1917, 
Balance Dec. 1, 1917, 



$1,290 82 



$1,290 82 
107,090 19 

S6,082,768 48 



S3,650 03 
14,057 10 
3,765 08 
15,396 00 
22,327 68 



59,195 89 



Xaxtasket Beach Loan. 



Land, 

Miscellaneous, 

Total charged to Dec. 1, 1917, 



$6,141,964 37 
731,949 79 

$6,878,914 16 

$603,329 57 
102,551 93 

$705,881 50 



Charles Rfver Basin Loan. 
Expended from beginning of work to Dec. 1, 1917, 



. $4,469,933 63 



The above amount has been distributed as follows: 

Administration, $108,060 16 

Dam, 1,118,772 60 

Lock, 724,142 64 

Temporary bridge and approaches, . . 184,895 36 

Drawbridge, 100,371 06 

Highway, 55,557 85 

Dredging, pile-driving and protection work 

in Basin, 179,881 35 

Broad Canal, 117,251 64 

Lechmere Canal, 53,388 87 

Boston Embankment, 895,213 92 

Boston Marginal Conduit, .... 635,511 96 

Cambridge Marginal Conduit, . . 99,472 48 

Elimination of malarial mosquitoes, . . 1,173 68 

Landing piers, 7,667 99 

Float anchorage, 23 90 



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Police signal sj-stem, S9,847 56 

Improvement of south bank and driveway, . 31,506 09 

Ser\'ice sheds, 19,198 95 

Mortuary, 1,560 66 

Otter Street widening, 34,762 82 

Landing near Faneuil Station, . 1,057 83 

-Alterations and improvements in stable and 

stable yard, 1,905 75 

Maintenance, 88,708 51 

$4,469,933 63 



Respectfully submitted, 

GEO. LYMAN ROGERS, 

Secretary. 

Dec. 1, 1917. 



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REPORT OF THE ENGINEER. 



Hon. William B. de las Casas, Chairman, Metropolitan Park Com- 
mission. 

Sir: — I submit herewith the report of the Engineer for the 
year ending Nov. 30, 1917, as follows: — 

On account of general unsettled conditions and the necessity 
for economy, little new construction work by this department 
was authorized by the Legislature of 1917. The work in 
progress at the beginning of the year has been carried on to 
completion, but on account of difficulty of obtaining labor and 
materials, very little new work, except that which was particu- 
larly necessary, has been undertaken even though funds were 
available from previous appropriations. The most important 
pieces of construction work, which were in progress and have 
been completed this year, were the concrete arch bridges over 
the Charles River at Commonwealth Avenue, Riverside, New- 
ton and Weston, and at North Beacon Street, Boston and 
Watertown. The most important new work undertaken has 
been the filling of slopes outside bulkheads and covering of sur- 
face with loam at Nahant Playground, which work was neces- 
sary for the protection from the elements of the work pre- 
viously done; and the construction of a temporary bridge 
across the Neponset River in preparation for the work of build- 
ing new permanent bridge on the site of the present one, which 
is in a weak and dangerous condition. 

The maintenance work, however, has necessarily been con- 
tinued as usual, and the amount of the services of the en- 
gineering department required for this work has remained ap- 
proximately the same as last year. 

During the year the Engineering force has been reduced about 
one-half by the departure of men who have entered the military 
and naval service and the resignations of others to accept em- 
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Most of the vacancies so caused have not been filled, as the 
general policy of economy and curtailment in new construction 
work has considerably diminished the number required. 

Considerable preliminary work has-been done by the depart- 
ment in making surveys, investigations, plans, etc., for the 
preparation of reports on special matters, required by the 
Legislature. The most important of these are the investigation 
as to the condition and repair of wharves and walls on Broad 
and Lechmere canals, Charles River Basin, and the investigation 
as to the construction and maintenance of all the bridges over 
the Charles River in the Metropolitan District. 

The care and operation of all locks and drawbridges under 
the control of this Commission have been under the super- 
vision and direction of this department. The work of main- 
tenance, repairs and resurfacing of roadways has been done by 
the forces of the various divisions, and where necessary the 
services of this department have been furnished. 

The cost of conducting the department has been as follows: — 

Engineering: — 
Construction : — 

Services, $13,752 11 

Expenses, 1,789 85 

S15,541 96 

Maintenance : — 

Services, S19,438 80 

Expenses, 2,204 55 

21,643 35 

Total, S37,185 31 

Details of the work done under the direction and supervision 
of this department are given under the following sections of 
parkway and reservation and in the tables appended. 

Construct] ox. 
Parkways. 

Alewife Brook Parkivay. — Concrete retaining walls and curb- 
ing have been built to extend from the present end of the wall 
near the car barns to Woodstock Street. This section was 
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year, as the location of the Metropolitan Sewer interfered with 
the work, and it was necessary to fill the embankment and 
await the settlements before building it. 

Some changes have been made in the roadway lines at the 
junction of the Parkway and Powder House Boulevard and at 
the large triangle at this point, and additional edgestone has 
been set. 

In the section of Powder House Boulevard between the junc- 
tion of the Parkway and Mystic Valley Parkway, which has 
been transferred to this Commission for care and control, no 
street lights had been provided by the city of Somerville. The 
same system of electric arc lamps as is used in the other sections 
of the Boulevard has been extended through this section with 
underground conduits. 

Furnace Brook Parkway. — The section of this Parkway from 
Hancock Street to Quincy Shore Reservation, although opened to 
public travel in November, 1916, was prepared only in a tem- 
porary manner, and considerable more work is necessary before 
it will be in a finished condition. During the last year a small 
appropriation was expended in the construction of an addi- 
tional drainage system and grading of walks and planting spaces 
and the preparation of tree pits. The work was done by the 
forces of the division. 

Studies and estimates have been made for completing the 
connection between Hancock Street and Adams Street, Quincy, 
and plans have been prepared for the taking and exchange of 
land belonging to the National Sailors' Home. 

Hammond Pond Parkway. — Revised studies and plans have 
been made for the layout of the Parkway and estimates of 
cost for extension to the West Roxbury Parkway. Also topo- 
graphical plans and taking plans have been prepared. 

Nahant Beach Parkway. — The temporary wooden bulkhead, 
built to retain the filling material deposited for the playground, 
showed signs of failure at some points, and it was necessary to 
immediately fill the slopes outside this bulkhead for its protec- 
tion, as was originally contemplated in the plans. The Bay 
State Dredging and Contracting Company had a contract with 
the Commission on Waterways and Public Lands in June, 1917, 
to excavate a channel at the entrance to Saugus River, Lynn 



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Harbor, and arrangements were made with this company to 
deposit the material so excavated as near as possible to the 
bulkhead and rehandle it in to form the slopes; 9,444 cubic 
yards were so placed at a total cost of S5,666.40. The slopes 
were not wholly completed under this contract because of lack 
of material and because that furnished was not suitable for the 
top surfaces, which must be of hea^y gravel. 

The material previously deposited inside the bulkhead by 
hydraulic dredge was a very fine sand and silt, and when it was 
thoroughly dry was carried in large quantities by the winds 
into the bath-house and onto the surrounding grounds. To 
prevent this disagreeable condition, as much loam as it was 
possible to obtain with the funds available was spread in a thin 
layer over the surface; 3,700 cubic yards of loam were pur- 
chased from P. J. McDermott of Lynn at a total cost of 
$4,811.69. The work of grading and leveling, which v\-as neces- 
sary before spreading the loam, was done by P. J. McDermott 
at a cost of $1,774.03. 

Old Colony Parkway. — The Boston Development and Sani- 
tary Company, Contractors for the collection of household ashes 
in the Dorchester District, submitted a proposal to deposit 
these ashes for the filling of the embankments of the Parkwa\- 
at the rate of 9 cents per cubic yard. The contract was made 
and the work of delivery began on March 8, 1917. After 
receiving 15,834 cubic yards at a cost of §1,425.06, the work 
was stopped on August 3 on account of too large a percentage 
of paper and rubbish contents. The work of delivery was 
again resumed on November 1, and is still in progress. To 
Nov. 30, 1917, 2,824 cubic yards more had been delivered at a 
cost of $254.16. This material has been deposited in the section 
along Neponset Avenue where old buildings were removed and 
cellar holes left, and in playground section. As this method of 
obtaining the material for the filling of the Parkway is eco- 
nomical, it is hoped that arrangements can soon be made for 
delivery of the ashes from other sections of the district to other 
points along the line of the Parkway. 

The plans and specifications for a new bridge over the Nepon- 
set River, Boston and Quincy, to replace the old wooden pile 
trestle bridge at Neponset have been completed, and the foi- 



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lowing bids were received for the whole work on Feb. 26, 
1917: — 



Hugh Xawn Contracting Company, Roxbury, . S465,486 00 

Coleman Brothers, Chelsea, 447,950 00 

T. L. Eyre, Philadelphia, 447,357 00 

Bay State Dredging and Contracting Companj-, Boston, 440,008 30 

George T. Rendle, East Boston, 430,868 30 

T. Stuart & Son Company, Newton, 431,530 00 

Holbrook, Cabot & Rollins Corporation, Boston, . . 422,946 50 

H. P. Converse & Co., Boston, 410,734 00 



The lowest bid, $410,734, considerably exceeded the appro- 
priation, which was $350,000, on account of the fact that the 
cost of labor and materials had greatly increased since the ap- 
propriation was made. Therefore, all bids were rejected by the 
Commission, and the Legislature was asked to make an addi- 
tional appropriation of S100,000. This additional appropriation 
was granted, and the work again advertised for bids, omit- 
ting the steel drawbridge as it was difficult to obtain bids for 
structural steel at this time. On July 2, 1917, the following 
bids were received : — 

Hugh Nawn Contracting Company, Roxbury, . . §427,405 00 

Holbrook, Cabot & Rollins Corporation, Boston, . . . 381,074 00 
Bay State Dredging and Contracting Company, Boston, . 358,363 50 

The amount of the low bid together with the estimated cost 
of the steel drawbridge and engineering and inspection would 
still exceed the total appropriations, and all bids were again 
rejected. 

The old wooden pile trestle bridge was in very bad condition, 
and it was thought advisable by the Commission to construct 
the wooden temporary bridge necessary in the work of building 
the new permanent bridge and turn public travel onto this, 
thereby saving the cost of extensive repairs to the old bridge. 
For this work the following bids were received on July 31, 
1917: — 

Bay State Dredging and Contracting Company, Boston, . S58,500 00 
George T. Rendle Company, East Boston, .... 48,900 00 
Rendle & Stoddard Companj^, Chelsea, 46,500 00 



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In connection with these bids, proposals were also asked to 
do the work on a percentage basis. That of the Hugh Xawn 
Contracting Company was deemed best for the interest of the 
Commonwealth, and a contract was made on the following 
basis: — 

The Commission was to furnish all materials. 
The Contractor was to furnish all plant at stated rental 
prices. 

The Contractor was to furnish all laborers and mechanics at 
the prevailing prices plus 10 per cent. 

Contracts were made by the Commission for the materials, 
and the work was begun. About this time the Federal govern- 
ment commenced the construction of the Victory Plant at 
Squantum near the site of this bridge, and great difficulty was 
encountered in obtaining materials, plant and men, as the work 
at Squantum has precedence over our work. Therefore, instead 
of being completed about the first of the year as was expected, 
our work, although still in progress, will be delayed in com- 
pletion until spring. 

In the construction of the new bridge and the temporary 
bridge, the location of the channel of the river is to be changed, 
and this dredging was necessary before the temporary bridge 
was built. On July 31, 1917, the following bids were received 
for this work : — 

Hugh Nawn Contracting Company, Roxbury, . $18,000 00 

Boston Dredging Company, East Boston, .... 13,350 00 
George T. Rendle Company, East Boston, .... 12,900 00 
Bay State Dredging and Contracting Company, Boston, 11,700 00 

The contract was awarded to the Bay State Dredging and 
Contracting Company, and the work has been completed as far 
as possible until the removal of the old bridge. 

There are located on the old bridge one 12-inch gas main and 
two water mains, one 12 inches and one G inches. The change 
of location of the channel necessitates the construction of new 
siphons for these under the new channel. Plans have been pre- 
pared for a combined siphon for both gas and water mains to 
be built on a temporary trestle above high water and when 
completed to be lowered into place 30 feet below mean low 
water. This work is now in progress. 



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Reservations. 



Charles River Reservation, Lower Basin Section. — A small 
addition to the lower lock gate house has been built of similar 
materials and architecture to that of the main building. This 
addition is to be used as a mortuary in which to keep bodies 
recovered from the Basin until taken by the Medical Examiner. 
The following bids were received for the work on April 18, 



The proposal of Austin W. McLean was accepted. The work 
was begun on April 30, 1917, and completed on Sept. 10, 1917. 
The work was delayed by the great difficulty of obtaining ma- 
terials. 

The work of widening Otter Street, which is the entrance 
from Beacon Street to the Charles River Embankment, was 
begun on Nov. 8, 1916, and was nearly completed last year, but 
on account of the unfavorable weather conditions the asphalt 
surfacing work was postponed until spring. This work was 
finished on April 25, 1917. 

Surveys and plans of proposed junction between Charles 
River Reservation Drive and Commonwealth Avenue, near 
Essex Street, have been made. 

In accordance with chapter 79, Resolves of 1917, surveys and 
investigations as to the condition and repair of wharves and 
walls on Broad and Lechmere canals have been made by this 
department, and a report, with estimates of cost of repairs and 
rebuilding, has been made to the Commission. 

In accordance with chapter 119, Resolves of 1917, surveys 
and investigations as to the condition of all bridges over the 
Charles River in the Metropolitan District have been made by 
this department, and a report, with estimates of cost of repairs, 
rebuilding and maintenance, has been made to the Commission. 

Charles River Reservation, Upper Division. — The work of 
finishing the North Beacon Street Bridge, Boston and Water- 
town, and surfacing the roadway and walks on the bridge and 



1917: — 



William Crane, Cambridge, . 
F. F. Jonsberg Company, Boston, 
Austin W. McLean, Charlestown, 



S3,600 00 
2,332 00 
1,391 50 



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approaches, installing street lighting and channel lighting sys- 
tems, building fences and grading and finishing slopes has been 
completed. The roadway surface on the bridge is wood block 
pavement on a concrete base. The walks are surfaced with 
granolithic. The roadway surface on the easterly or Boston 
approach is a bituminous macadam with granite block pave- 
ment in car track location. On the westerly or Watertown ap- 
proach the roadway has been surfaced with granite block pave- 
ment on a concrete base at the request of the town officials, who 
desired it to conform to the proposed pavement of North 
Beacon Street, which they are widening. The difference in 
cost over that of bituminous macadam was paid by the town of 
Watertown. 

The total cost of the bridge and approaches to date has been 
as follows : — 

Contract No. 186, bridge and approaches: — 
Previously reported : — 

Contract estimates, . . $92,336 59 
Additional labor and ma- 
terials, .... 266 18 
Engineering services : — 
Preliminary, $1,669 60 
Actual, . 3,449 70 

5,119 30 

Engineering expenses, . . 816 34 

$98,538 41 



$28,403 32 
1,191 00 



Year ending Nov. 30, 1917: — 

Contract estimates, 

Additional labor and ma- 
terials, .... 

Engineering services: — 
Preliminary, $400 04 
Actual, . 1,709 05 



Engineering expenses, . 
Total, . 



2,109 09 
154 14 

31,857 55 

. $130,395 96 



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Contract No. 188, filling material: — 
Previously reported : — 

Contract estimates, . . $3,705 00 
Engineering services : — 
Preliminary, $3 75 

Actual, . 104 91 

108 66 



Engineering expenses, . . 16 68 



$3,830 34 



Year ending Nov. 30, 1917: — 

Contract estimates, . $14,743 68 

Engineering services : — 

Actual, .... 913 53 

Engineering expenses, . . 47 59 



15,704 80 

Total, $19,535 14 

Surfacing and completing approaches: — 
Year ending Nov. 30, 1916: — 
Engineering services : — 

Preliminary, . . . $99 84 

Engineering expenses, . . 10 

$99 94 



Year ending Nov. 30, 1917: — 

Labor and materials, . $20,792 53 

Engineering services : — 
Preliminary, $93 96 
Actual, 273 17 

367 13 

Engineering expenses, . . 256 03 



21,415 69 



Total, 21,515 63 



Grand total, $171,446 73 

The work of constructing reinforced concrete arch bridge and 
approaches at Commonwealth Avenue, Xewton and Weston, 
has been completed. On account of lack of funds it was pos- 
sible to lay only a temporary surface on the roadways of the 
approaches. This surface consists of gravel with a penetration 
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The total cost has been as follows : — 

Contract Xo. 190, bridge and approaches: — 
Previously reported : — 

Contract estimates, . . $49,923 08 
Additional labor and ma- 
terials, .... 579 83 
Engineering services : — 
Preliminary, $1,339 95 
Actual, 1,917 44 

3,257 39 

Engineering expenses, . . 430 10 

$54,190 40 

Year ending Nov. 30, 1917: — 

Contract estimates, . . $924 37 
Additional labor and ma- 
terials, .... 923 28 
Engineering services : — 

Actual, .... 218 22 

Engineering expenses, . . 11 94 

2,077 81 

Total, $56,268 21 



Contract Xo. 197, completing work not finished under 
Contract Xo. 190: — 

Contract estimates, $500 00 

Additional labor and materials, . . 132 88 

Engineering ser\'ices : — 

Actual, 70 02 

Engineering expenses, .... 6 58 

Total, 709 48 

Temporary surfacing of approaches : — 

Labor and materials, $4,021 54 

Engineering services : — 

Preluninary, S51 13 



Actual, 

Engineering expenses. 
Total, 

Grand total, . 



418 62 

469 75 

232 88 



4,724 17 



$61,701 86 



A section of the marsh land near Gerry's Lan(lin<i: on the 
Cambridge side of the river has been underdrained and graded 
with gravel and loam to make it available for a ball field. The 
work was done by the forces of the division at a cost of $1,619.96. 



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Middlesex Fells Reservation. — A section of the South Border 
Road about 1,000 feet long, just south of the Whitmore Brook 
entrance, has been graded by the forces of the division. This 
section of road follows the boundary line and when finished will 
pro\'ide a more direct route than the present longer, narrow and 
winding detour by the old road. In other sections of this South 
Border Road other improvements have been made in the grades 
and drainage. Survej-s and engineering services for this work 
have been furnished by this department. 

Additional concrete curbing and walks have been built along 
the easterly side of Forest Street, where it runs along close to 
Spot Pond at Porter's Cove, for the guidance of vehicular 
traflBc and the safety of pedestrians. This work was done by 
the forces of the di\-ision under the superv ision of this depart- 
ment. 

Xantushet Beach Reservation. — Engineering ser\'ices have 
been furnished for the construction of a sanitan.^ building and 
for surfacing with concrete the driveway in the cafe yard. 

Extensive additions have been made to their docks and 
whars-es by the Xantasket Steamboat Company, and this work 
has necessitated the extension of several drains from the Reser- 
vation. The work was done imder the direction of this depart- 
ment by the contractor who was building the docks. The total 
cost was $1,442.71. 

Maixtexaxce. 
Parkways. 

Alewife Brook Parkway. — The channel of Alewife Brook 
between Massachusetts Avenue and Woodstock Street has been 
dredged to the prescribed depths as originally constructed. 
Excessive shoaling had occurred in this section on account of 
the entrance of Tannery' Brook. The work was done by the 
forces of the division by means of the small portable dredging 
plant purchased for that purpose last .year. Other sections of 
the channel have shoaled somewhat, so that they should be 
dredged in the near future, but none to such extent as that 
between Massachusetts Avenue and Woodstock Street. 

Temporary- repairs have been made to Hill Road Bridge. 
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ordinarj' farm wagons and machinen' as it is not a public way, 
but of late heavy motor trucks have been using it and have 
caused some damage to the floors. Either motor trucks should 
be excluded or the bridge strengthened to carrj* the extreme 
loads. The estimated cost of strengthening is $1,100. 

Revere Beach Parkway. — Extensive repairs have been made 
to the steel bridge over the Boston & Maine Railroad near 
Revere Station. This bridge has a double roadway, one for Win- 
throp Avenue and one for the Parkway. The cost of maintenance 
of the Winthrop Avenue portion is borne by the railroad com- 
pany, and the Parkway portion by this Commission. Practi- 
cally no repairs except painting had been made to the structure 
since its construction in 1902. Repairs had become necessary- 
to the wooden floor system, and upon its removal it was dis- 
covered that portions of the steel structure below the floor level 
had been so badly eaten away by the gases from the locomo- 
tives that it was necessary* to replace them with new parts. 
The work was done by the Boston Bridge Works, and the cost 
was $.3,060.71. 

Similar repairs also were made to the bridge over the Boston, 
Revere Beach & L^Tin Railroad near Beachmont. The work 
was done by the Boston Bridge Works at a cost of $245.98. 

Reservatiom. 

Charles River Reservation, Loicer Ba^in Section. — The surface 
of the brick pavement in the yard of the garage and stable on 
Commercial Street, Cambridge, had become ver>- imeven and 
irregular on account of the settlement of the subgrade filling. 
This pavement has been removed and the yard resurfaced with 
a concrete pavement. The bricks were unsuitable to use in the 
resurfacing as they were badly broken in removal, because the 
joints were grouted with Portland cement when originally laid. 
The cost of this work was $549.67. 

The arrangement of the stalls and fittings in the stable has 
been inconvenient and crowded, and they have been removed 
and rearranged both on the lower floor and in the loft, so as to 
give ampler room for handling the horses and supplies. The 
cost was $1,354.41. 

Further repairs have been ma«!e to the srranolithic of the 



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promenade along the Embankment by the removal and replac- 
ing of portions damaged by settlements, 1,099 square yards 
being laid under a contract with W. A. Murtfeldt Company at 
a cost of Sl,956.22. 

Lynn Shore Reservation. — The old granite sea wall between 
Washington Street and Xahant Street, built by the city of 
Lynn previous to the transfer of Oceanside Park to the control 
of this Commission, was undermined by a severe southeast 
storm on Oct. 24, 1917, and a section about 100 feet in length 
collapsed. This section has been rebuilt on a concrete base, and 
the rest of the wall protected and preserved by building a. con- 
crete toe-wall under the face. The cost of this work has been 
81,780.67. 

Bridges and Locks. 

Charles River Bam. — In 1910 when the Basin and Dam were 
turned over to this Commission by the Charles River Basin 
Commission for care and control, the maintenance and opera- 
tion of the locks, sluices and drawbridge and all plant and 
machinery connected therewith were put in charge of the 
Engineering Department. In January, 1915, the Wellington 
Bridge and Draw over the Mystic River was put in charge of 
this department for reconstruction after the fire, and in Septem- 
ber, 1915, for maintenance and operation. In March, 1915, the 
Cradock Bridge Lock in the Mystic River, and on Dec. 1, 1916, 
the ]Malden River Bridge and Draw and the Saugus River 
Bridge and Draw were transferred from the division superin- 
tendents to the Engineering Department for maintenance and 
operation. These have all been placed under the direct charge 
of the Electrical Engineer Superintendent of the Charles River 
Dam, who reports to the Engineer. The total force required 
for this work is about 55 men. 

During the year additional signs, lights, locks and fastenings 
for the drawbridge gates and other safety devices have been 
installed at the drawbridges for the prevention, as far as pos- 
sible, of accidents to electric cars and other vehicles. 

The channels and canals of the Lower Basin Section have 
been kept clear of ice during the last winter season. A boat 
was chartered for three months from Dec. 15, 1916, to March 
15, 1917, and kept in the basin at all times for this work. The 



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total cost was S6,510.90. Great difficulty has been encountered 
in obtaining proposals for this work for the coming season, on 
account of the great scarcity of towboats and the disinclination 
of the owners to do this class of work. Xo proposals were 
obtained from advertising or invitation, and only after personal 
appeals were we able to obtain three bids. The lowest of these, 
that of the Bay State Dredging and Contracting Com.pany, 
which was accepted, will amount to twice the cost of the work 
last year. On account of the importance of this work, I again 
recommend that the Commission purchase a boat. Under exist- 
ing conditions, however, this would probably be equally as 
difficult as hiring one. 

The lafge steel lock-gates in the ship lock at the Charles 
River Dam were repaired and painted in April, 1917, at a total 
cost of S3, 301. 54. The work was done by the forces employed 
at the Dam, supplemented by painters furnished by a con- 
tractor, Charles H. McMaster. In previous years, this work 
has been done in February, the time specified by the Engineer 
Officer, United States War Department, as it was necessary to 
close the lock to navigation. It was changed to April this year 
at the urgent request of the business concerns interested, with 
the approval of the United States Engineer Officer. It will be 
necessary to do similar work again in April, 1918. 

The surface of the drawbridge at the Charles River Dam was 
replanked twice during the year, and considerable of the under- 
decking renewed. The boilers have been inspected by the State 
Boiler Inspector, and a certificate of good condition given. An 
automatic damper and smoke consumer has been installed and 
some of the piping renewed. The Boston and Cambridge Mar- 
ginal Conduits have been inspected and some minor repairs made. 

The small boat lock was opened on June 23 and closed on 
Oct. 31, 1917, and was used to less extent than usual. The 
heating plant was shut down on June 7 and started on Sept. 
24, 1917. 

Savgvs River Bridge. — At Saugus River Bridge the surface 
planking on the draw was renewed, and the steel structure 
scraped and painted by the regular maintenance forces. 

Wellington Bridge. — At Wellington Bridge the surfact* i)lank- 
ing on the draw was renewed and the steel structure painted. 



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Traffic. — The following is a record of the traffic and freights 
which have passed through the locks and drawbridges during 



the year : — 

Charle^ Rrtlr Dam and Locks. 
Main Lock. 

Number of openings, 3,133 

Number of vessels, 3,609 

Number of small boats, .... ... 1,377 

Lumber (feet B.^L), 6,300,000 

Sand (tons), 132,584 

Granite (tons), 3,640 

Coal (tons), 328,236 

Gravel (tons), 66,780 

Oil (barrels), , 180,090 

Water (gallons), 14,000 

Stone, rubble (tons), 4,480 

Lathes (bundles) , 50,000 

Wood pa\'ing blocks (tons), 800 

Piling (Uneal feet), 73,00a 

PiUng (pieces), 2,496 

Molasses (barrels), 2,270 

Miscellaneous (tons), 700 

Small Boat Lock. 

Number of ojjenings, 1,02& 

Number of boats, 1,504 

There were 2,444 drawbridge openings. 

Wellington Bridge. 

Number of openings, 18& 

Number of vessels, 297 

M\LDEN RrvER Bridge. 

Number of openings, 490 

Number of vessels, 834 

.Saugus Rr'er Bridge. 

Number of openings, 339 

Number of vessels, 494 

Cradock Lock. 

Number of opening, 464 

Number of boats, 475 

Number of canoes, 130 

Number of dories, over rollway, 90 



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Gexeral. 

This department has superv-ised and inspected the work done 
under 157 permits issued to citks, towns, corporations and indi- 
viduals for work in the parkways and reservations. 

The bridges under the care and control of this C<»nmission 
have been inspected and report made to the Secretary-, with 
recommendations for necessarj' repairs, and the work of repairs 
supervised and inspected by this department. 

Surv eys and plans have been made for land conveyances. 

The following tables are appended to this report: — 

Table 1. — Data relatiDg to Mebopohtan Paik Sjrstem. 
Table 2. — Summaiy of eost of road repaizs and maintenanee. 

Respectful!}- submitted, 

JOHX R. RABLIN, 

Engineer. 

Dec- 1, 1917. 



30 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Table 1. — Data relating to Metropolitan Park System. 
Areas of Resermtions and Parkways. 



Reservations : — 



Total, 



Acres. 



Blue Hills, 


. 4,9(Jd 


4^ 


Middlesex 1 ells, 


. 1,898 


09 


otony rJrooK, 






Beaver Brook, 


Ob 


66 


xiart s xiiii, ...... 


99 


Q7 

y / 


Hemlock Gorge, 


23 


06 


Charles River, 


710 


30 


Mystic River, 


^ 


OS 


Neponset River, 


922 


59 


King s Beach and Lynn Shore, 


22 


69 


Revere Beach, 


64 


99 


Winthrop Shore, 


16 


83 


Quincy Shore, 


32 


91 


Nantasket Beach, 


25 


59 



9,222.58 



Parkways : — 
Hammond Pond, 
Blue Hills, 
Old Colony, 
Woburn, . 
Middlesex Fells, 
Revere Beach, 
Mystic Valley, 
Neponset River, 
Fresh Pond, 
Lynn Fells, 
Furnace Brook, 
Nahant Beach, 
Lynnway, 
Winthrop, 
Dedham, . 
Alewife Brook, 
West Roxbury, 
Quannapowitt, 
Total, 



183.69 
83.58 
55.20 
23.24 
82.12 

126.93 

337 . 55 
74.11 
12.40 
7.72 

101.25 
81.98 
5. 15 
8.04 
35.87 

144.53 
72.37 
13.47 



1,449.20 



Grand total, reservations and parkways. 



10 671.78 



1918.1 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — Xo. 48. 



Lengths of Formal Roads constructed. 



Reservations : - 
Charles River, 
Lynn Shore, . 
Quincy Shore, 
Revere Beach, 
Stony Brook, 
Winthrop Shore, 

Parkways : — 
Alewife Brook, 
Blue Hills, 
Fresh Pond, . 
Furnace Brook, 
Lynn Fells, . 
Lynnway, 
Middlesex Fells, 
Mystic Valley, 
Nahant Beach, 
Neponset River, 
Revere Beach, 
Winthrop, 
Woburn, 



Double 
Roadwavs 
(Miles). 



1.46 



4.10 



1.45 



or 



Single 
Roadways 
(Miles). 

4.87 

.96 
2.24 
2.70 
2.34 
1.07 



.70 
1.61 

.50 
3.24 
1.05 

.68 
1.77 
5.50 
2.52 

.53 
3.73 

.49 
1.38 



Total 
MUes. 



Highways transferred by or taken from cities and 
towns : — 
Alewdfe Brook Parkway, 
Blue Hills Reservation, 
Middlesex Fells Reservation, 
Nantasket Beach Reservation, 
Nahant Beach Parkway, 



Miles. 

.44 
1.23 
6.63 

.71 
2.05 



14.18 



23.70 



* Equivalent in miles of single roadway, 14. 02 



11.06 



Grand total, 



62 96 



All above roads open to automobile traffic. 



52 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 

Lengths of Carriage Roads in Reservations. y^^^^^ 

Blue Hills Reservation, 30.93 

Middlesex Fells Reservation, 17.50 

Stony Brook Reservation, 1 . 60 

Beaver Brook Reservation, .22 

Charles River Reservation, 3 . 70 



Total, 53.95 

Of the above roads 10.19 miles are open to automobile traffic. 

Lights in Parkways and Reservations. Lights 

Alewife Brook Parkway (Welsbach naphtha), .... 17 

Alewife Brook Parkway (arc lights), 6 

Blue Hills Parkway (Welsbach gas), 80 

Furnace Brook Parkway (Welsbach gas), 86 

Middlesex Fells Parkway (Welsbach naphtha), .... 262 

Middlesex Fells Reservation (Welsbach naphtha), 41 

Middlesex Fells Reservation (electric), 48 

Mystic Valley Parkway (Welsbach naphtha), . 161 

Lynn Fells Parkway (Welsbach naphtha), 33 

Nantasket Beach Reservation (electric), 23\* 

Winthrop Parkway (Welsbach naphtha), 11 

Winthrop Shore Reservation (electric), 7 

Nahant Beach Parkway (electric), 7^ 

Lynn Shore Reservation (electric), 28 

Lynnway (electric), 17 

Charles River Reservation, Upper Division along the Speedway 

(Welsbach naphtha), 69* 

Charles River Reservation, Upper Division, along Nonantum 

Road (Welsbach gas), 19 

Revere Beach Parkway (Welsbach naphtha), . .169 

Revere Beach Parkway (electric), 1 

Fresh Pond Parkway (electric), 15 

Quincy Shore Reservation (Welsbach gas) , 78 

Quincy Shore Reservation (electric) , 2 

Revere Beach Reservation (Welsbach naphtha) , . . . . 35 

Revere Beach Reservation (Welsbach gas), 53 

Revere Beach Reservation (electric), 16* 

Charles River Reservation, Boston Embankment (electric), . 104 

Charles River Reservation, Lower Basin, Dam and Lock (electric) , 15 

Woburn Parkway (Welsbach naphtha), 31 



Total, 1,434 



1 Twenty additional lights in summer. 

- Three additional Ughts in summer south of bath-house near wall. 
' Five additional lights in summer. 

* Three electric lights in yard at administration building. 

5 Three hundred and ninety-five additional lights in summer. 



1918.) 



PUHLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 



Miles of Seashore. Miles 

Lynn Shore, 1.50 

Nahant Beach, 3.92 

Revere Beach, 2.74 

Winthrop Shore, 1.71 

Nantasket Beach, 1 . 02 

Quincy Shore, 2.19 

Total, 13.08 

Lengths of Sea Walls. Miles- 
Lynn Shore, 1 . 30 

Revere Beach at Northern Circle, .08 

Revere Beach at Eliot Circle, .1 

Revere Beach, shore protection, bath-house shelter to Revere 

Street shelter, 29 

Revere Beach, shore protection, south of Northern Circle, . . .28 

Winthrop Shore, bridge to Great Head, 1.04 

Winthrop Shore, bridge to Grover's Cliff, .23 

Quincy Shore Reservation, southerly end, .1 

Nantasket Beach Reservation, .43 



Total, 



3.9o 



Miles of River Bank. 



Charles River, 
Mystic River, 
Neponset River, 
Alewife Brook, 

Total, 



Miles 

28.13 
8.16 

15.86 
4.50 

56. 65 



Bridges 



Reinforced concrete bridges 
Steel bridges. 
Wooden bridges, . 
Drawbridges, 
Footbridges, . 



Total, 



11 

9 
51 

11 



41 



One-half of Wellington Bridge rebuilt with concrete girders 



54 



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[Jan. 



Culverts. 

Reinforced concrete and other masonry culverts, .... 26 

Dams. 

Beaver Brook Reservation, small wooden dams, .... 2 

Charles River Reservation, Charles River Basin Tidal Dam, 

1,200 feet in length, 1 

Charles River Reservation, reinforced concrete dam at Washing- 
ton Street, Newton Lower Falls, 200 feet in length, ... 1 

Hemlock Gorge Reservation, small reinforced concrete dam on 

East Branch of river, Newton Upper Falls, .... 1 

Hemlock Gorge Reservation, reinforced concrete dam in Charles 
River at Boylston Street, Ne^i;on Upper Falls, 90 feet in 
length, 1 

Mystic River Reservation, reinforced concrete tidal dam at 
Cradock Bridge, 100 feet in length; weirs, 400 feet in length, 1 



Total, 



Lock-gates, Sluice-gates and Tide-gates. 
Charles River Reservation, Charles River Basin Tidal Dam, 6 lock-gates, 

13 sluice-gates, 43 tide-gates. 
Mystic River Reservation, Cradock Bridge Tidal Dam, 2 lock-gates, 

4 sluice-gates, 8 tide-gates. 
Quincy Shore Reservation, 8 tide-gates. 
Revere Beach Parkway, 1 tide-gate. 

Police Signal System. Miles. 

Blue Hills Division, 30^ 

Middlesex Fells Division, 181- 

Nantasket Beach Division, 2| 

Charles River Reservation, 10 

Fresh Pond Parkway, § 



Total, 61f 

Revere Beach Division Police Signal Sj'stem, serving 11 miles of park- 
ways and reservations, and Middlesex Fells Di\asion, serving 1^ miles of 
parkway, on wires leased from the New England Telephone and Telegraph 
Company. Two miles of wire ifi Blue Hills Reservation leased from the 
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 55 



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58 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT. 



Dec. 1, 1916, to Dec. 1, 1917. 

Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, $9,049,554 95 

Receipts added to loan before June 1, 1901, 198,942 81 

$9,248,497 76 

Expenditures. 

Middlesex Fells Reservation: — 

Land $50 00 

$50 00 

Weston Bridge: — 
Construction: — 

Contract, T. Stuart & Son Company, , . . $10,882 42 

Engineering, expenses 85 90 

10,968 32 

Amounts charged to Dec. 1, 1916 9,233,910 81 

— 9,244,929 13 

Balance $3,568 63 



Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II. 

Metropolitan Parks Loan Fund, Series II., $6,844,000 00 

Receipts added to loan before June 1, 1901, 29,914 IG 



ExPENDrrCRES. 

Blue Hills Parkway: — 
Land $13 00 



Mystic Valley Parkway: — 
Construction: — 

Contract, James H. Fannon, . . $17,020 68 
Labor and materials 7 22 



Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, $502 54 

Expenses 22 75 



$17,027 90 



525 29 



Fresh Pond Parkway: — 

Engineering, pay rolls, $7 08 

Legal 67 06 



Furnace BroolaParkway: — 

Land $7,500 00 

Legal 15 80 

Construction: — 

Labor and materials 132 90 

Engineering, expenses, 8 05 



$6,873,914 16 



$13 00 



17.553 19 



74 14 



7,656 75 



Amounts carried forward $25,297 08 $6,873,914 16 



1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — Xo. 48. 



59 



Amounts brought forward $25,297 08 $6,873,914 16 

Winthrop Parkway: — 

Land, $3,544 85 

Damages assessed, 5,800 00 

9,344 85 

Alewife Brook Parkway: — 
Construction: — 

Contract, Kelly & Sullivan, . $5,236 81 

Labor and materials, .... 1,531 50 

$6,768 31 

6.768 31 

Old Colony Parkway: — 

Land $51,018 00 

Construction: — 

Contract, Boston Development and 

Sanitary Company, . $961 20 

Labor and materials, .... 674 71 

1,635 91 

Engineering: — 

Payrolls, $2,649 34 

Expenses, 27 80 

2,677 14 

Legal 4,001 40 

Damages assessed, 2,730 00 

Advertising hearing, 6 05 

62.068 50 

Quannapowitt Parkway: — 

Land $10 00 

Engineering, expenses, 35 00 

Legal 2 71 

47 71 

Dedham Parkway: — 

Land, $315 00 

Construction: — 

Labor and materials, 532 92 

847 92 

Hammond Pond Parkway: — 

Land $7,432 88 

Engineering, pay rolls 29 58 

Legal 92 30 

7,554 76 

Wellington Bridge: — 
Judgment of Superior Court, settlement of claims, . $7,827 24 

7.S27 24 

Neponset Bridge : — • 
Construction: — 
Contracts: — 

Bay State Dredging 

Company, . . $8,646 51 
Hugh Nawn Con- 
tracting Company, 3,169 94 

$11,816 45 

Labor and materials, .... 2,902 45 

$14,718 90 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, $3,983 60 • 

Expenses, 284 19 

4,267 79 

Plans, specifications, license, etc., for construction of 
drawbridge Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Com- 
pany), 3,oOO 00 
Advertising bids 641 73 

Amounts carried forward, $23,128 42 $119,756 37 $6,873,914 16 



60 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Amounts brought forward $23,128 42 1119.756 37 $6,873,914 16 

Neponset Bridge — Con. 

Consulting engineers, 450 00 

Rent of land 250 00 

Copies of contract, 95 17 

Legal, 45 00 

Repairs to boat 21 28 

23,989 87 

West Street, Braintree: — 
Engineering: — 

Pay rolls, $1,224 52 

Expenses 49 66 

1,274 18 

$145,020 42 

Amounts charged to Dec. 1. 1916. 5,996,943 95 

6,141.964 37 

Balance $731,949 79 



Charles Rr er Basin Loan. 

Total ^mount of loan, $4,500,000 00 

Receipts added to loan 9,368 91 



$4,509,368 91 



Expenditures. 

Engineering: — 

Chief and assistant engineers $148 73 

Engineering assistants, 306 32 

Traveling 55 

Photographs. 3 12 

Telephone, 20 

Miscellaneous expenses. 5 50 



Construction, contracts: — 

Contract, service shed. Archdeacon & Sullivan. $4,827 74 
Contract 194, Coleman Brothers, .... 5,095 83 



$464 42 



9,923 57 



Construction, additional: — 

Professional services, $345 69 

Castings, ironwork and metals, .... 1 00 

Paint and coating 19 60 

Lumber, 95 73 

Changes in stable 1.757 68 

Mortuary 1.490 14 

Service shed, 1,165 13 

Landing, Faneuil 945 00 

Widening Otter Street, 148 98 

Fence, Nonantum Road, 97 61 

Relaying flagging, dam, 52 33 

Rent of land 1 00 

6,119 89 

Real estate: — 

Settlements 200 00 

$16,707 88 

Amounts charged to Dec. 1, 1916. 4,4.53,225 75 

4,469,933 63 



Balance, 



$39,435 28 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — Xo. 48. 61 



Metropolitan Parks Trust Fund. 
Weston Bridge and Approaches. 

Amount of contributions, $10,000 00 

ExPEXDirtTRES. 

Construction: — 

Contract, T. Stuart & Son Company, . $7,164 48 

Labor and materials 1,621 34 

$8,785 82 

Engineering: — 

Pay roUs $359 05 

Expenses 23 28 

382 33 

Installing lamp posts, 598 62 

Advertising bids 170 40 

Copies of contract, 49 62 

Landscape architects, ser^-ices, 13 00 

Refund to city of Newton, 15 

Refund to town of Weston 06 

10.000 00 

Balance, 



North Beacon Street Bridge Loan. 

Chapter 780, Acts of 1914, $175,000 00 

EXPENDITUBES. 

Construction: — 

Contract, A. G. Tomaselio, $74,007 01 

Labor and materials, .... 6,776 05 

$80,783 06 

Engineering: — 

Pay rolls $3,050 61 

Expenses, 250 44 

3,301 05 

Consulting engineers, 389 04 

Installing lamp posts, 376 00 

Advertising bids, 184 43 

Copies of contract, 48 42 

$85,082 00 

Amounts charged to Dec. 1, 1916, 86,150 22 

171,232 22 



Balance, 



$3,767 78 



62 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan 



Metropolitan Parks System >L\i\ten'an'ce. 

jMiproprution. Dec. 1. 1916. to Dec. 1. 1917 $487,336 3 . 

EXPCNDITURU. 



General ezpeaae: — 
Police: — 

Pftyrolk, %l2SMo 15 

MiaedlaBeoas. 7,285 02 

$135,830 17 

Sttkoies: — 

Commnaioners. . $3,450 00 

GenenI office. 10.832 66 

Engixieeruic department. . 9,759 63 

24.042 29 

Rent, lifhtinc and care of offices. .... 5,419 16 

Ensiaeennc supplies. . . 1,102 38 

TdepkoM. .... 957 13 

ScataoBery and printing 813 35 

Anmial raport, oae-4udf . 443 45 

AnUHBobae expense. 362 58 

BaOdiac steel plan racks, 345 06 

Maps and books. ... 254 73 

Postace. etc. 250 00 

FQiaK cabinets, cards, etc.. 215 79 

Repaniac fanuture. 172 10 

MoTiBK ezpenae. 126 25 

Ad^miuc sales. ... 87 53 

Wmdosr shades. .... 61 75 

TypewxHer supplies and repair^, 58 40 

TrsTdinc. . .. 44 57 

Recietefed bonds. 35 00 

Reeotdiiic P^pen »nd certified copies. 33 05 

Vacomn dsaDcr 31 50 

Premiiim on bond 30 00 

Spriac water. . 26 80 

Towd soppljr. . 25 78 

Cheek writer. . 22 00 

^ Towel cabinet. 21 00 

Press dippiacs, 16 20 

Lamp and cord. 13 50 

Carbon paper. . 13 08 

Office repair*. . 12 95 

Dooreheck 12 80 

Bond sales. 10 71 

Cheek sortir, . 9 79 

Robber beads. 9 00 

Serriee flas. 8 05 

R«d>ber stamps. 7 10 

Mail receive r 6 50 

Door mat, 6 15 

Twine. 5 81 

Office supplies, 5 37 

Cause. . . 4 38 

Ezpreai and freight, 4 35 

Hat and coat tree, . 4 05 

Matches, ... 3 85 

Window i^asB. . . 3 25 

Checkwriter supplies. 3 10 

Soap 2 73 



Amount* carried forward. 



$170,974 54 



$487,336 33 



1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — Xo. 48. 



63 



Amounis brought forward $170,974 54 



$487^36 33 



Glasa key guard, 
Thermometer, . 
Cleaning clock, 
Miscellaneous, . 



Blue Hills Reservation: — 

Labor 

Teaming 

Keep of horses, .... 
Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc.. 



?29,860 58 

97 50 

4,957 38 

4,347 74 



Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work. 

General supplies, 

Watering, or its equivalent, . 

Fertilizer 

Stationery and printing, 
Water rates, 
Telephones, 
Lockers, 
Potatoes, . 
Pine seedling-s, . 
Lighting buildings, . 
Repairs, 

Express and freight, 
Water rates. 
Chimney designs, 

Middlesex Fella Reservation: — 

Labor -$21,081 88 

Teaming, 2,314 00 

Keep of horses, 2,384 23 

Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc., 2,235 90 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work. 
Watering, or its equivalent 
General supplies. 
Stationery and printing. 
Fertilizer, . 
Covering piping. 
Lighting buildings, . 
Telephones, 
Flag staff, . 
Animals, . 
Traveling, . 
Express and freight. 
Water rates. 
Bubbler foiin tains, . 
Flags, 

Baseball bases. 
Laundry, . 
Prescription for deer, 
Post-office box rent. 



Revere Beach Reservation: — 

Labor 

Teaming, 

Keep of horses 

Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc.. 



§20,801 03 
7 00 
913 76 
4.025 84 



2 60 
2 10 
2 00 
27 54 



$39,263 20 
47,587 19 
2,839 43 
1,743 21 
411 31 
352 38 
302 74 
271 05 
261 95 
222 75 
200 00 
148 07 
131 50 
58 85 
50 45 
30 00 



$171,008 78 



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64.920 69 



AmounU carried forward, $25,747 63 $329,803 55 $487,336 33 



64 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Amounts brought forward, $25,747 63 $329,803 55 $487,336 33 

Street lighting 4,854 13 

General supplies 3,080 00 

Watering, or its equivalent, 983 31 

Lighting buildings, 482 50 

Telephones 439 51 

Water rates 364 61 

Stationery and printing, 249 83 

Repairs 134 97 

Express and freight 79 96 

Report on heating of buildings, 50 00 

Sewer construction, 48 99 

Installing trapeze 23 42 

Shrubs and trees 22 00 

Traveling, 10 99 

Sand 10 50 

36,582 35 

Stony Brook Reservation : — 

Labor $2,182 91 

Teaming 28 00 

Keep of horses 394 28 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 5 00 

$2,610 19 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 4,331 68 

Watering, or its equivalent, 849 99 

Tool plant, 544 15 

General supplies, 385 25 

Fertilizer 167 40 

Telephones 33 10 

Repairs, 23 76 

8,945 52 

Beaver Brook Reservation: — 

Labor $937 54 

Teaming 14 00 

Keep of horses, 9 00 

Horses, carriages, etc., •. . . 557 43 

$1,517 97 

General supplies 482 42 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 480 60 

Repairs. 71 02 

Telephones 38 50 

Water rates 18 80 

Lighting buildings, 10 00 

L^se of sewer 4 50 

Express and freight, 2 15 

2,625 96 

Charles River, Upper Division: — 

Labor $16,360 98 

Teaming 1,815 88 

Keep of horses 1,860 46 

Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc., . 1,811 98 

$21,849 30 

Watering, or its equivalent, 9,396 77 

Labor and supplies, gj'psy and brown-tail moth work, 8,131 34 

General supplies 4,337 27 

Street lighting, 3,829 75 

Shingles 1,939 11 

Fertilizer 665 00 

Telephones, 323 27 

Amounts carried forward, $50,471 81 $377,957 38 $487,336 33 



1918.1 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 



65 



Amounts brought forward, $50,471 81 $377,957 38 

Lighting buildings, 291 03 

Shrubs, 217 20 

Repairs, 160 68 

' Stationery and printing, 155 72 

Water rates, 145 17 

Havemeyer bars 110 55 

Landscape architect's services 62 79 

Physician's services, 60 00 

Installing plumbing, 36 60 

Traveling, 32 81 

Float 25 00 

Auto list, 15 00 

Express and freight, 14 48 

Flags 9 00 

Bubbler fountains, 3 05 

51,810 89 

Riverside Recreation Grounds: — 

Labor, $2,784 37 

Teaming, 284 00 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 73 50 

$3,141 87 

Roofing annex building, 1,459 00 

General supplies, 1,302 10 

Lighting buildings, 18160 

Use of sewer, 85 00 

Telephones 66 39 

Power, 54 15 

Repairs, 51 97 

Physician's services, 25 00 

Water rates, 10 50 

Express and freight, 5 35 

Tuning piano, 3 50 

Laimdry, 1 15 

6,387 58 

Neponset River Reservation: — 

Labor $869 60 

Teaming 26 00 

$895 60 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 2,183 92 

General supplies, 78 38 

Telephones, 32 17 

3,190 07 

Mystic River Reservation: — 

Labor $9,223 48 

Teaming 2,774 43 

Horses, carriagas, etc., . 28 78 

$12,026 69 

General supplies, 1,353 93 

Power for draw. 187 50 

Str ;et lighting, 144 20 

Fence 95 00 

Repairs, 55 79 

Telephones, 36 35 

Water rates, 7 46 

Stationery, 4 37 

Traveling, 30 

13,911 59 



$487,336 33 



Amounts cnrro I f >nr-irJ, 



»453,257 51 $487,336 33 



66 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Amounta brought forward $453,257 51 $487,336 33 

Lynn Shore Reservation: — 

Labor $5,183 24 

Teaming 266 00 

Keep of horses 129 38 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 89 75 

$5,668 37 

Street lighting 2,520 00 

General supplies, 1,038 05 

Repairing sea wall 260 00 

Watering, or its equivalent, 64 63 

Water rates, 28 55 

Shrubs 15 00 

9,594 60 

Quincy Shore Reservation: — 

Pay rolls $3,729 45 

Teaming 563 00 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 773 85 

$5,066 30 

Street lighting 2,107 50 

General supplies, 974 68 

Sanitary (part), 900 00 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moch work, 417 87 

Architect's services, 100 00 

Telephones, 39 30 

Lighting buildings 34 96 

Water rates 32 98 

Turning water off and on, 13 30 

Repairs 7 86 

Stationery and printing, 5 85 

9,700 60 

Winthrop Shore Reser\'ation: — 

Labor, $1,790 56 

Street lighting 564 63 

General supplies 276 65 

Watering, or its equivalent, 78 54 

Water rates, ... 12 90 

Stationery and printing, 5 77 

2,729 05 

475,281 7« 

Balance $12,054 57 



Special Appropriations. 



Pensions. 

Appropriation, $5,254 87 

EXPENDITCRES. 

Geer allowance, $46 00 

Woodworth allowance 364 00 

Mateer pension, 300 00 

Power pension, 400 00 

Haddock pension, 638 75 

Finn pension, 591 50 

Stewart pension 600 00 

Elder pension, 826 35 

Lord pension, 6S3 65 

Kenney pension, 471 82 

4,922 07 



Balance $832 80 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 67 



Band Concerts. 

Appropriation $30,000 00 

Expenditures. 

Blue Hills Division: — 
Bands, $1,532 95 

Middlesex Fells Division: — 

Bands $4,165 16 

Labor, 108 31 

Signs, 58 00 

Recovering awning, 18 95 

Lighting band stands, 10 00 

Glasses, 90 

4,361 32 

Revere Beach Reservation: — 

Bands, $7,712 90 

Lighting band stands, 52 00 

Chairs 37 50 

7,802 40 

Charles River, Upper Division: — 
Bands, 2.077 00 

Riverside Recreation Grounds: — 
Bands, 955 70 

Charles River, Lower Basin: — ■ 

Bands, $1,094 50 

Setting up and taking down band stand, ... 90 17 

Lighting band stand 33 15 

1,217 82 

Nahant Beach Parkway: — 

Bands, $1,499 40 

Lighting band stand, 5 60 

— ■ — — 1,505 00 

Nantasket Beach Reservation: — 
Bands, 6,949 80 

Beaver Brook Reservation : — 
Bands, 326 00 

General office: — 

Printing schedules 2 76 

26,730 75 

Balance, $3,269 25 



Improving Heating Apparatus, Revere Beach Bath-house. 

Appropriation, $35,000 00 

Expenditures. 

Contract, W. A. and H. A. Root, $7,737 23 

Expended to Dec. 1, 1916 27,262 77 

35,000 00 

Balance ~ 



Use of Sewerage System., Revere Beach Reservation. 

Appropriation, $10,000 00 

Expended 10.000 00 



Balance, 



68 METROPOLIT.\N PARKS. [Jan. 

Completirig Lynn Harbor Playground. 



$15,000 00 



ExFEKDrrrsEs. 

Grading contract (P. J. McDermott). $6^188 

Fllliiie material. 5.666 40 

»11^8 28 



Payrolls. $139 54 

F.ipfiMPH. 10 85 

4.50 39 

AdTertifliiie. 119 60 

S12,468 27 

Expended to Dec. 1. 1916. 2^6.31 73 

$1.5.000 00 



Blue Hills Reservation, Extermination of Moths. 

Approptiation. ^3.000 00 

EXPEX1>XTUBE8. 

Pay rolU. $3,771 59 

Siqipliea, . . . 77 60 

Bepairs to gauee. . 20 94 

Teaming, ^>raying machine 14 00 

Water. 10 96 

3.895 09 

$39,104 91 



Middlesex Pells Parkway, Granolithic Walks. 

Appropriation. $1,500 00 

EXPEXDITCRES. 

Engineering, pay rolls, $7 5S 

7 58 

Balance $1,492 42 

Nonanium Road Extension. 

Appropriation. $500 00 

ExPEJfDrruKBS. 

Landscape ardiitects: — 

Serrioes $322 75 

Expenses, 11 43 

$334 18 

Engineering, pay rolla, 65 97 

Phoiogr^»lis 1 23 



$401 .38 

Expended to 1. 1916, 20 60 



421 98 



Balance, 



$78 02 



1918.] POLIC DOCUMENT — No. 4S. 69 



Suneys of Boulevard from Middlesex FeUs Reserraiion to QuannapoviU 

Parhcay. 

Appropriation, fSOO 00 

E xpEXDrmms. 

Engineering, pay rolls. SC-^-i --'^ 

Expended to Dec. 1, 1916, . . _ - 



$96$ 63 



Balance, 



210 74 



Balance, SiS9 26 

Whan es and WalU. Broad and Lech mere Canals. 

Appropriation, $1,000 00 

ExPiiNDrrvF.v-- 

Engineering. pay roUs, $:: J4 '?■> 

224 08 



Balance * $775 92 

Bridges oi er Charles River. 

Appropriation, SI .000 00 

ExPKXDmTRBS. 

Engineering: — 

Pay roUs $956 05 

Expenses, 12 5$ 



968 63 



Balance $31 37 

Land o« Mijstic Valleif Parktcaij. 

Appropriation. $5,000 00 

Expended. 5.000 00 



Furnace Brook Parhray Completion. 

Appropriation, .... $$,aOO 00 

Bolts for fence, $102 oO 

Expended to Dec. 1. 1916 S.3^6 09 



$.4SS 59 



Balance $11 41 



Aleirife Brook Parkway ^ Lhedging. 



Appropriation, 



$3,000 00 



ExPExnrmiEi*. 



Standard hoisting engine, 
Scows, 

£xca\'ating bucket, 
Freight, 
Lumber, . 



13 9S 
10 62 



3.000 00 



Balance, 



70 METROPOLITAN PARKS. [Jan. 



Metropolitan Parks, Boulevard Maintenance. 

Appropriation, Dec. 1, 1916, to Dec. 1, 1917, $316,953 55 

Expenditures. 

General expenses: — 
Police: — 

Pay rolls, $45,927 25 

Miscellaneous 18,331 21 

$64,258 46 

Salaries: — • 

Commissioners, $3,450 00 

Secretary and clerks 10,992 34 

Engineering department, . . . 9,679 17 

24,121 51 

Engineering supplies, 1,102 17 

Rent, lighting and care of offices, .... 2,689 83 

Erecting partitions, 1,033 33 

Expense of moving, 920 03 

Telephones, 786 63 

Electrical work 565 89 

Stationery and printing, 541 41 

Automobile expense, 523 69 

Annual report, one-half, 443 44 

Maps and books, . . . ' . . 316 86 

Postage, etc., 242 29 

Auditing books 228 50 

Filing cabinets, cards, etc., 166 68 

Repairs to furniture, 114 62 

Office repairs and alterations 103 30 

Typewriter supplies and repairs, 90 25 

Desks 86 40 

Recording papers and certified copies, ... 63 42 

Relaying carpets, 63 00 

Towel supply, 47 84 

Ice 43 75 

Bond sales 22 81 

Spring water, 22 80 

Traveling 18 94 

Examining titles 17 80 

Expert advice on crops, 16 25 

House cleaning 16 09 

Cleaning clock, 14 50 

Number plates 14 00 

Clippings, 10 90 

Wrapping paper 10 57 

Waste baskets, , . . 8 50 

Twine 7 50 

Umbrella stand, 6 75 

Gauze, 6 43 

Care of awnings, 6 30 

Soap 6 27 

Lamps, 5 58 

Rubber stamps 5 10 

Office supplies, 3 95 

Germicide, 3 85 

Keys 3 70 

Flags 2 80 

Protectograph ink, 2 45 

Repairing lights, 2 20 



Amounts carried forward, $98,789 34 



$316,953 55 



1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — Xo. 48. 



71 



Amounts brought forward, $98,789 34 $316,953 55 

Inspecting adding machine 2 10 

Matches 1 85 

Advertising sale, 1 50 

Express and freight, 1 47 

Miscellaneous, 431 

— $98,800 57 

Blue Hills Parkway: — 

Labor $4,247 80 

Teaming 36 00 

Keep of horses, 378 76 

Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc., . 822 10 

$5,484 66 

Street lighting 2,151 56 

Watering, or its equivalent 1,873 42 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 542 34 

General supplies, 407 06 

Water rates 4109 

Lighting buildings, , . . . 9 00 

10,509 13 

Middlesex Fells Parkway: — 

Labor $9,793 28 

Teaming, 2,332 25 

Keep of horses, 24 00 

Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc., . 1,884 46 

$14,033 99 

Watering, or its equivalent, 10,275 60 

Street lighting 10,144 29 

General supplies, 2,354 15 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 684 57 

Edgestone, 630 00 

Trees and shrubs, 300 83 ^ 

Changing heating plant, 223 00 

Telephones 66 20 

Row boat 46 00 

Sew<3r brick, 42 00 

Water rates 9 50 

Lighting buildings, 7 70 

Express and freight, 3 46 

— ■ 38,821 29 

Mystic Valley Parkway: — 

Labor, $9,065 85 

Teaming, 2.754 00 

Horses, carriages, automobilf?3, etc., . 1,675 22 

$13,495 07 

Watering, or its equivalent, 13.883 37 

Street lighting, 7,009 95 

General supplies, 2,195 29 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth woik, 1,276 16 

Shrubs 204 00 

Fertilizer, 183 75 

Telephones, 110 88 

Row boat 42 00 

Express and freight, 39 28 

Repairs 11 89 

Water rates, ... 10 40 

Traveling 1 27 

Stationery, 45 

38,463 76 



Amounts carried forward, $186,594 75 $316,953 55 



72 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Amounts brought forward. 



$186,594 75 $316,953 55 



Revere Beach Parkway: — 
Pay rolls, $19,102 



70 



Teaming, 43 63 

Keep of horses, Ill 51 

Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc., 1,815 10 

Watering, or its equivalent, 

Street lighting, 

General supplies, 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work. 

Power for draw, 

Repairs, 

Drinking fountain, 

Trees and shrubs 

Express and fr2ight, 

Chair swings 

Water rates, 

Installing safety davices, 

Boiler inspection, 

Stationery, 

Neponset River Parkway: — 

Labor, 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 
General supplies, 

Nahant Beach Parkway: — 

Labor $5 240 54 

Keep of horses, 318 95 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 78 69 

Street lighting, . . ^ 

Watering, or its equivalent, 

General supplies, 

Compensation for injuries, 

Shrubs, 

Express 

Fresh Pond Parkway: — 

Labor 

Watering, or its equivalent, 

Strerit lighting, 

Crushed stone, 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 
General supplies, 



$21,072 


94 


8,588 


34 


7,736 


13 


2,314 


43 


473 


16 


357 


10 


146 


49 


45 


00 


29 


44 


25 


42 


24 


69 


24 


57 


21 


64 


lo 


00 


1 


88 


$841 


00 


223 


87 


132 


60 


$5,638 


IS 


980 


00 


630 


05 


188 90 


23 


90 


13 


50 




25 



Furnace Brook Parkway: — 

Labor, 

Teaming, 

Horses, carriages, etc., . 



$4,504 78 
447 50 
449 89 



Street lighting, 

Watering, or its equivalent 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 

Loam, 

General supplies, 

Water rates, 

Lighting buildings, 

Repairs, 



$1,273 82 
950 62 
420 00 
372 72 
272 22 
13 30 



$5,402 17 
2,311 52 
1,981 99 
892 93 
537 60 
321 66 
14 00 
8 25 
2 30 



40,876 23 



1,197 47 



7,474 78 



3,30? 6S 



11,472 42 



Amounts carried forward, 



$250,918 33 $316,953 55 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCOIEXT — No. 48. 73 

Amounts brought forward $250,918 33 $316,953 55 

Winthrop Parkway: — 

Labor, $254 65 

Street lighting, 488 97 

Watering, or its equivalent, 54 09 

797 71 

Lynn way: — 

Labor $4,607 36 

Power for lighting and operating draw, 448 35 

Repairs 333 47 

Street lighting, 192 50 

General supplies, 131 21 

Watering, or its equivalent, 68 48 

Installing safety devices, 24 43 

Traveling, 3 70 

Stationery 2 78 

5,812 28 

Lynn Fells Parkway: — 

Labor $2,913 96 

Teaming, 311 00 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 10 48 

• $3,235 44 

Street lighting 1,930 01 

Watering, or its equivalent, 656 86 

Loam 369 00 

General supplies, 236 35 

Bound stones, 118 75 

Fertilizer, 52 50 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 43 41 

Sewer brick, 30 00 

6,672 32 

Middlesex Fells Roads: — 

Labor $2,024 38 

Teaming, 396 50 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 8 70 

$2,429 58 

Watering, or its equivalent, 13,587 52 

Street lighting 2,252 12 

General supplies, 374 00 

Traveling 1 00 

Post-office box rent, 75 

Express 25 

18,645 22 

Alewife Brook Parkway : — 

Labor $7,862 76 

Teaming, 2,409 53 

Horses, carriages, etc., 382 00 

$10,654 29 

General supplies 3,100 40 

Watering, or its equivalent, 1,491 98 

Street lighting 1,028 79 

Retaining wall and curb, 902 54 

Edgestone 485 00 

Fertilizer 308 75 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and b^o^^^l-tail moth work, 166 39 
Landscape architects: — 

Services $25 00 

Expenses 1 80 

26 80 

Water rates 3 82 

18,168 76 



Amounts carried forward, 



$301,014 62 $316,953 55 



74 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Amounts brought forward $301,014 62 $316,953 55 

Old Colony Parkway: — 

Labor $98 70 

98 70 

Woburn Parkway: — 

Labor $3,271 20 

Teaming, 523 00 

Horses, carriages, etc., .... 254 52 

$4,048 72 

Street lighting, 1,284 93 

General supplies, 980 59 

Street watering, or its equivalent, .... 876 51 

Loam, 570 00 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 362 67 

Stationery, 6 00 

8.129 42 

West Roxbury Parkway: — 
Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, $1,018 72 

1,018 72 

Hammond Pond Parkway: — 

Labor $991 58 

Teaming, 9 00 

$1,000 58 

Labor and supplies, gypsy and brown-tail moth work, 3,063 61 

Bound stones 185 00 

General supplies, 16 99 

4.266 18 

314,527 64 



Balance. Dec. 1. 1917. $2,425 91 



Charles Rh'er Basin Maintenance. 

Maintenance of Park and Water Areas. 

Appropriation, Dec. 1, 1916, to Dec. 1, 1917 



$95,983 00 



Expenditures. 



Labor 

Teaming, . 

Keep of horses, .... 
Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc. 



$23,281 75 
236 00 
1,068 32 
305 18 



Police: — 
Pay rolls. 
Miscellaneous, 



Street lighting. 
General supplies. 
Relaying granolithic walk. 
Watering, or its equivalent. 
Lighting buildings, . 
Portable house, 
Repairs to dolphins. 
Water rates, 

Repairs, .... 
Telephones, 

Stationery and printing. 
Recovering boat covers. 
Trees and shrubs, . 



$43,314 98 
4,095 35 



$24,891 25 



47,410 33 
4.449 73 
3,924 13 
1,956 22 
1,273 93 
869 13 
822 50 
623 66 
560 82 
262 57 
251 86 
113 52 
99 55 
98 20 



Amounts carried forward, 



$87,607 40 $95,983 00 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 75 

Amounts brought forward S87,607 40 $95,983 00 

Installing heating apparatus, 82 00 

Pennants, 39 60 

Architect 10 00 

Directory, 6 00 

Megaphone, 6 00 

Express, 531 

87,756 31 

Balance, Dec. 1, 1917 $8,226 69 



Maintenance and Operation of Locks, Gates and Drawbridges. 

Appropriation, Dec. 1, 1916, to Dec. 1, 1917 $58,697 00 

ExPEXDmjRES. 

Labor, pay rolls $38,180 15 

Ice breaking 6,525 90 

Heating 3,263 96 

Repairs to machinery, 1,980 24 

Power 1,525 45 

Painting lock gates 1,368 44 

Replanking drawbridge, 736 78 

General supplies, 709 18 

Lighting lock-gate houses and sluices, 653 35 

Boiler-smoke preventers, 400 00 

Telephones 79 63 

Stationery and printing, 70 61 

Automobile parts and repairs, 59 16 

Installing safety devices, 24 44 

Laundry, 17 14 

Boiler inspection, 1200 

Water rates, 6 70 

Towel supply, 2 88 

Traveling, 35 

Express 25 

— ■ 55,616 61 

Balance, Dec. 1, 1917 $3,080 39 



Nantasket Beach Maintenance. 

Appropriation, Dec. 1, 1916, to Dec. 1, 1917 $45,361 65 

Labor $12,182 26 

Teaming, 205 50 

Keep of horses 409 57 

Horses, carriages, automobiles, etc., .... 670 10 

$13,467 43 

Police: — 

Pay rolls $16,139 92 

Miscellaneous 4,220 22 

20.360 14 

Watering, or its equivalent, 5,348 05 

General supplies 2,504 02 

Street lighting 1.548 24 

Water rates, 430 32 

Rent, superintendent's house, 420 00 

Trees and shrubs 274 26 



Amounts carried forward, 



$44,352 46 $45,361 65 



76 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Amounta brought forward $44,352 46 $45,361 65 

Stationery and printing, 188 45 

Telephones 165 82 

Express and freight, 118 80 

Traveling, 67 09 

Painting 31 20 

Repairs, 1 50 

Post-oflBce box rent, 1 40 

Drain pipe rental, 1 00 

44,927 72 

Balance, Dec. 1, 1917, $433 93 



Wellington Bridge Maintenance. 

Appropriation, Dec. 1, 1916, to Dec. 1, 1917, $11,778 62 

Labor $8,960 90 

Street lighting, 1,434 68 

Repairs, 292 75 

General supplies 253 97 

Telephones, 80 92 

Installing safety devices, 24 44 

Water rates 7 50 

Stationery and printing, 417 

Traveling, 20 

11,059 53 

Balance, Dec. 1, 1917 $719 09 



Metropolitan Parks Expense Fund. 
Receipts, Dec. 1, 1916, to Dec. 1, 1917. 



Bath-houses: — 

Revere Biach, sale of bath tickets $42,772 45 

Nantaaket Beach, sale of bath tickets, 19,969 05 

Nahant Beach, sale of bath tickets 10,488 80 

Blue Hills, sale of bath tickets, 327 50 

$73,557 80 

Rentals: — 

Buildings $18,096 64 

Lunch stands and refectories, 3,099 33 

Roller-coaster and merry-go-round 2,100 00 

Street railway locations, 1,563 74 

Houses, 1,155 04 

Land 866 83 

Telephone ducts, 687 99 

Boathouse sites, . 640 00 

Day rental, Riverside Recreation Grounds, 600 00 

Boats 481 35 

Photographic stands, . 250 00 

Automobile stands, 150 00 

Gas main location, 100 00 

Pasture 100 00 

29,890 92 

Sales: — 

Wood $3,394 33 

Old metal, rubber, luniljer, rags, etc 1,081 78 

Grass 460 00 



A mounts carried forward, 



$4,936 11 $103,448 72 



1918.] PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 77 

Amounts brought forward, $4,936 11 $103,448 72 

Sales — Con. 

Buildings, 302 27 

Posts, 236 15 

Vegetables, 217 25 

Sanitary napkins, . . 131 30 

Coal 79 80 

Barrels, 70 40 

Hay, 37 50 

Articles found on reservations, 34 37 

Land, 33 00 

Shrubs, 16 77 

Ice 16 48 

Railroad tickets, 15 22 

Awnings 15 00 

Plans, and photographs, 8 57 

Miscellaneous, 10 46 

6,160 65 

Town of Watertown (pa\'ing approach to North Beacon Street Bridge) , . . 4,354 50 

Court fines 5,410 50 

Steamer chair and umbrella privilege, 4,475 75 

Income on money invested, 3,181 33 

Boat-letting privilege, etc., 1,000 00 

Reimbursement for police expense (striko duty), 630 48 

Reimbursement for work performed: — ■ 

Laying pavement, Charles River Dam, $100 84 

Boston Elevated Railway Company (drainagj work), . . 364 26 

Brick wall construction, 26 37 

Sodding 10 93 

502 40 

Refunds and credits, 459 97 

Contribution to cost of repairs (Whitmore-Brooks entrance), .... 400 00 

Contribution to cost of entrances, 322 43 

Study of location for gas main, 250 00 

Electric light and water furnished, 213 82 

Money found on reservations, 203 25 

Payment for damage to property, 140 20 

Removal of garbage 140 00 

Dead men permit, 100 00 

Replaced keys and checks, 52 75 

Telephone tolls 45 15 

Burro privilege, 35 00 

.Pay closets, 28 95 

Newspaper licenses, 20 00 

Police fine, 17 93 

Payment for lost equipment, 16 00 

License fee (building encroachment) , 10 00 

Miscellaneous 1 22 



$131,621 00 

Balance, Dec. 1, 1916, 105,218 44 



$236,839 44 



METROPOLITAN PARKS. 



[Jan. 



Expenditures. 

General expense: — 

Advertiaing privileges, $72 25 

Police: — 

Patrol wagon, . $2,310 00 

Motor cycles, . 528 55 

Horse 350 00 

Testing speedometers, 295 30 

Uniforms 239 48 

Police expense (strike duty), 90 00 



Engineering: — 
Signs, 

Telephones, 

Blue Hilh Reseri'ation: — 
Addition to headquarters: — 
Contract (balance), 
Heating (contrar-t), 
Architects, . 

Flags, 

Towels, 

Pump, 

Plumbing (refecU^ry), 

Keys, 

Rowlocks, 

Bath tickets , 

Middlesex F»-ll8 lU-Hervution: 
Driveway to shwpfold, . 
Lost money returned to ownrr, 

Flags 

RepairH tn hulMiM' . 



$10,351 11 
1,286 00 
401 32 



Rovrrc ii I;. -,'1 , .iiiMii: - 






Biith-house: — 






Pay rolls, 


. $22,879 


13 


Bathing suitM, 


5,r.79 


90 


Coal, 


2.015 


70 


Kngino rooir, 


1,210 


50 


Lighting, 


S19 


72 


Towels, . 


014 


24 


Work on boiler hou "•. 


Oil 


01 


Stationery and print inn, 


493 


05 


Repairs, 


434 


21 


HtodkingH, 


im 


00 


WrtU^r ruU«s, 


'277 


00 


Bathing cupH, 


255 


00 


Hoap, etc., 


253 


13 


Modinlnes and atfondiiiK *-. 


200 


10 


Toilet paiHT, 


140 


50 


loe, 


103 


53 


HardwuD'. 


101 


45 


Hoda, . 


90 


70 


Neek rinK», 


90 


00 


Laundry baskdU, 


62 


24 



$23 15 

11 80 



$12,038 43 
21 34 
6 58 
4 95 
4 35 
4 14 
3 36 
76 



$493 79 

109 26 
85 44 
8 19 



$72 25 



3.813 33 



34 95 



12.083 91 



756 68 



AmountH carried forward. 



$37,403 37 



$10,701 12 



1918.] 



PUBLIC DOCUMENT — No. 48. 



Amounts brought forward. 



$37,403 37 



$16,761 12 



Bath-house — Con. 

Telephones, 44 89 

Findings 44 64 

Brooms, 40 00 

Brushes, 38 48 

Mirrors, 37 00 

Metal polish, 36 00 

Lunches, 33 75 

Drilling 32 60 

Tickets, etc., 31 66 

Traveling 30 61 

Architects 25 00 

Oil 20 00 

Frames, 19 00 

Pails 17 25 

Dials 15 24 

Brushes and combs, .... 15 14 

Chairs 15 00 

Lumber, 14 25 

Flags 13 50 

Paint, 11 11 

Blanket, 9 00 

Spring water 8 00 

Alcohol, 7 50 

Gauze, 7 15 

Uniforms, 6 50 

Dust pans, 5 80 

Mop handles 5 25 

Step ladder 4 80 

Dusters, 4 04 

Oars, 3 58 

Matches, 3 15 

Dipper, 3 00 

Tarred felt, 2 09 

Postage, 2 00 

Express 1 88 

Wadding, 1 50 

Ash can covers, 1 40 

$38,015 13 

Paint shop and brick wall (Sagamore Street), . . 1,859 32 

Waterproofing boiler house, 522 93 

Use of pump, 62 50 

Lighting boiler room and service building, . . 26 49 

Refund, on account of deposit for entrance, . . 26 25 

Architects, 25 00 

Removing poles, 4 99 



40,542 61 



Stony Brook Reservation: — • 

Land $129 37 

Repairs to buildings, 50 20 



179 57 



Charles River, Upper Division: — ■ 

North Beacon Street Bridge, paving approach, $1,354 50 

Playground 898 96 

Plans and surveys, Hammond Pond Parkway, . 231 99 

Filling approaches to Weston Bridge, .... 81 68 

Flags 75 06 

Water rates, 40 25 



Amounts carried forward, 



$5,682 44 $57,483 30 



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Amounts brought forward, $5,682 44 $57,483 30 

Landscape architects: — 

Services, $32 40 

Expenses, 2 63 

— — 35 03 

Boat equipment 12 68 

Loam and gravel, 1 00 

5,731 15 

Riverside Recreation Grounds: — 

Use of sewer $112 26 

Water rates, 51 00 

Telephones 20 71 

Pay roll 1650 

Power 8 00 

Lighting buildings, 3 25 

Tickets 2 70 

Express, 50 

Miscellaneous 13 

215 05 

Charles River, Lower Basin: — • 
Refund on teaming permit to contractor, . . . $3,321 89 

Brick wall 210 00 

Heating comfort station, 110 50 

Relaying pavement, 100 84 

Repairs to fence, 100 00 

Telephone tolls, 65 

3.843 88 

Blue Hills Parkway: — 

Land (part payment), $67 12 

^ 67 12 

Middlesex Fells Parkway: — • 

Construction of entrance, $110 41 

Flagging bridge 51 57 

Refund on account of deposit for entrance, 28 63 

Appraising property, 5 00 

Telephone tolls, 1 25 

196 86 

Mystic Valley Parkway: — 

Taxes on land (part), $44 55 

44 55 

Revere Beach Parkway: — 

Repairs and painting bridge, $492 15 

Construction of entrance, 19 00 

511 15 

Nahant Beach Parkway: — 
Bath-house: — 

Pay rolls $5,253 00 

Bathing suits, 1,139 69 

Water rates, 452 46 

Lighting 255 68 

Coal, 235 00 

Stockings, 195 00 

Toilet paper, 177 40 

Lung motor, 135 00 

Paint 132 78 

Repairs, 125 44 

Lumber, etc., 114 82 

Telephones, 85 43 

Bathing caps, 75 00 

Flags 61 87 



Amounts carried forward, . . $8,438 57 



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$8,438 57 



$68,093 06 



Bath-house — Con. 
Towels, .... 
Hardware, 
Neck rings, . 
Engine room, 
Tickets, etc.. 
Laundry, 
Brushes, 

Ice, .... 
Findings, 

Stationery and printing. 
Brooms, 

Medicines and attendance, 
Brushes and combs, . 
Uniform, manager, 
Garage, .... 
Cleaning cesspool, 
Dust pans, . 

Pillows 

Dusters, 
Ring buoys, . 
Hygienic cups, 
Clock keys, . 



53 76 
45 19 
45 00 
39 80 
37 50 
19 51 
18 91 
17 25 
16 38 
16 12 
13 00 
11 71 
10 11 
9 75 



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Grading playground. 



Furnace Brook Parkway: 
Rent of concrete mixer, . 



Alewife Brook Parkway: — 
Grading, surfacing, etc., contract, Kelly 

Dredging, 

Landscape architects: — 

Services, 

Expenses, 



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Equipment for boat. 

Old Colony Parkway: 
Architects, 



Hammond Pond Parkway: — 
Report and plans of takings. 



Nantasket Beach Reservation: 
Bath-house: — 
Pay rolls. 
Coal, 

Bathing suits, 
Repairs, 
Water rates, 
Towels, . 
Engine room, 
Stockings, 
Hardware, 

Medicines and attendaiK 
Lighting, 
Bathing caps, 
Ice, 

Soap 



$9,519 22 
2,078 13 
1,746 33 
SIS 41 
732 42 
657 37 
576 10 
292 50 
256 90 
117 13 
110 19 
90 00 
62 42 
61 42 



$8,820 73 
353 84 



$28 50 



9,174 57 



28 50 



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75 30 



29 60 
8 46 



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$17,118 60 $78,314 24 



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$17,118 



$78,314 24 



Bath-house — Con. 

Canvas trucks, 58 65 

Employee's suits and caps, . . 50 38 

Neck rings, 45 00 

Stationery and printing, ... 35 12 

Cleaning cesspool 30 00 

Clock, 25 00 

Folding chairs, 23 00 

Telephones, 22 00 

Baskets, 19 20 

Tickets, etc., 14 32 

Metal polish 12 27 

Coal barrow, 10 50 

Uniform, manager, .... 9 75 

Badges and checks, .... 9 00 

Wringers, 7 71 

Findings, 7 51 

Typewriter chair, .... 6 30 

Grills 6 00 

Flags 5 26 

Wadding 4 05 

Demurrage, 4 00 

Water cooler 3 90 

Dust pans, 2 20 - 

Whisk brooms, 1 00 

Express, 25 

$17,530 97 

New sanitary (Jonsberg contract), .... 12,237 62 
Repairs and alterations in buildings, .... 7,839 27 

Steam mains (Barber contract), 2,754 85 

Extension of drain, 1,442 71 

Granolithic driveway, 540 97 

Lighting paWlion, 459 46 

Electrical work, hotel, 507 77 

Architects 429 63 

Sea wall fence 222 41 

Electrical engineers, steam piping, .... 175 00 

Laying conduits, 149 18 

Moving over stable 134 01 

Landscape architects: — 

Services, $70 94 

Expenses, 4 60 

■ — 75 54 

Premium on bond 66 00 

Flags 64 02 

Apportioning steam charges, 35 00 

Settlement for injuries, 34 25 

Slot machines, 19 60 

Paper cabinets, 18 72 

Mirrors 14 28 

— • 44,751 26 

■ $123,065 50 

Balance, Dec. 1, 1917 $113,773 94 



Metropolitan Parks Trust Fund. 

Balance, Dec. 1, 1917, $1,589 35 



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$8,129 42 
23,989 87 
102,721 10 


$476,297 29 

96,628 78 
18,886 77 

165.336 58 

85.082 00 


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6,949 80 

1,217 82 


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Repairs, 
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44,927 72 > 
11,059 53' 
16 707 88" 
224 08 
143.372 92' 
85,082 00 


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$14,961 39 
44,751 26 

3,843 88 


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$8,129 42 
98,800 57 


$314,527 64 


$314,527 64 


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Main- 
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$475,281 76 


Metropoli- 
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$137,193 18 
7,827 24 


$145,020 42 


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Neponset Bridge, 

General expenses, . . 

Totals 

Nantasket Beach Reservation, 

Wellington Bridge 

Charles River Basin, 

North Beacon Street Bridg:e Loan 

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